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Re: ::scr The Geek Syndrome
On Fri, 2001-12-07 at 14:25, Simon Wistow wrote:
> The whole Asperger's/Dyspraxia/Dyslexia-with-respect-to-hackers thing is
> something I've been mulling about for a few years - I wnated to go to
> university and do Cognitive Psychology with the view to doing a PhD on
> this. Hence the name check at the end of this mail.
I have a friend with diagnosed Asperger's at Uni. We joke about it a
lot; I'm quite definitely more withdrawn and socially inept than
himself. He says he's happy to think that he's been 'diagnosed Geek'.
I think I've been diagnosed with Dyspraxia myself. I was immensely
clumsy and dumb and broken when I was a small child, and lots of
supposedly smart people told my parents helpful things like "Yes, he'll
never be able to understand algebra or symbolism." - which links to the
reason I say that I _think_ I've been diagnosed with Dyspraxia; I don't
remember much from back then, and soon after the algebra incident my
parents stopped telling me much of what was said. It'd be strange to
ask now, so I haven't.
I /think/ I'm fine with Algebra, being half way through a Computation
degree, but.. *shrug*. I keep wondering when there's going to be
something that I can't handle at all. I'm sure it'll happen eventually.
> It does seem to me that geeks/nerds/techies [DELETE as appropriate] do
> tend to exhibit some or all of the symptons of these syndromes. There
> are also other trends such as almost universally bad handwriting (even
> before extended contact with computers precluded writing stuff by hand.
Yep, certainly was in my case. I remember being the only person in my
class in primary school who had to stay writing in pencil when everyone
else was given a pen. :-)
> Is this something other people have noticed? I'm mildly dyslexic - I
> have problems 'seeing' word endings especially if I wrote them and will
> often write "th end" and such. Are other people dyslexic?
I'm not at all dyslexic. I've certainly found many dyslexics who are
far better programmers than myself, though.
- ~C, shortly off to buy a copy of Wired.
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