Autistic Songs

Alan Griswold

 

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The Two Forms of Human Logic

Humanity currently perceives its world with the aid of two distinct forms of logic.

One form of logic derives from the evolutionary inheritance of our animal past. Its goal is survival and procreation of the species, and its impact has been to conceptualize the sensory world into food, danger, sex, shelter, and so forth. Darwin’s genius was to expose the structure underlying this biological logic and to demonstrate its influence as witnessed from without and as experienced from within. Non-autistic individuals are born naturally into this form of logic—it is the other form of logic they must learn to acquire.

The other form of logic has been extremely recent in its genesis. Its goal remains unclear, but its impact has been to conceptualize the sensory world into pattern, shape, space, time, and the like. The genius of the Greeks and the fruit of the Renaissance has been to expose the structure of this non-biological logic and to lay out its influence as witnessed from without and as experienced from within. Autistic individuals are born naturally into this form of logic—it is the other form of logic they must learn to acquire.

Neither form of logic by itself has transcendent power. But combined, they have rapidly transformed this species and its experienced world. Combined, they have transformed individuals.


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