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 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: people are weird

Posted: 10 Dec 2013, 1:11 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 968


A question: can you, jerry000, reliably read other's facial expressions and body language? I ask this because I know I cannot do it. I can barely recognize basic emotional states in people, and I've had close to five decades of practice. So your interpretation of her behavior is dependent on your ha...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Prosopagnosia + Alexithymia online test

Posted: 10 Dec 2013, 1:02 am 

Replies: 19
Views: 2,303


Alexithymia: 133 high alexithymic traits Face blindness: 34% One of the faces I missed was Patrick Stewart aka Captain Picard on Star Trek! My current special interest is Star Trek! 8O I did this test last year with a friend watching. I missed Patrick Stewart, which shocked her given that I have be...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Move abroad - autism?

Posted: 07 Dec 2013, 10:38 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 1,089


Well, who wouldn't want to move to England, what with it being the greatest country in the history of the world? I can't tell if you're being serious, but either way, living abroad can be a fantastic experience. I managed a few years in Japan by being an exchange student and by teaching English. I ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: When people INSIST you don't have Aspergers...

Posted: 07 Dec 2013, 10:30 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 2,062


I went through this when I was diagnosed back in 2007. Several family members and friends refused to believe the diagnosis, insisting that I could not possibly be on the spectrum. I long ago developed the strategy of asking questions in order to determine if the person was simply confused or had und...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: permutations: converting sums to factorials

Posted: 07 Dec 2013, 11:42 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 538


The binomial theorem keeps coming up. For instance, the binomial coefficient plays a role in the counting argument for the proof of Sylow's theorem in group theory. Counting is very important in math, even at very abstract levels. So the "one-trick-pony" ends up performing again and again. Getting c...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Going to meet other Aspies for the first time on Sunday

Posted: 05 Dec 2013, 11:17 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 960


I had some good experiences doing this a while back, and plan to do it more as opportunities arise.

 Forum: Love and Dating   Topic: Divorcee's: Would you remarry your ex?

Posted: 05 Dec 2013, 11:14 pm 

Replies: 40
Views: 1,903


Divorced long ago after a short-lived marriage that failed because the woman turned out to have a personality disorder.

 Forum: Adult Autism Issues   Topic: Sex curiosity

Posted: 05 Dec 2013, 11:08 pm 

Replies: 29
Views: 791


The age isn't important unless you want to have sex, in which case age is still unimportant, assuming reasonable bounds. If it helps, I was 22 when I lost my virginity. I'm generally HFA, but with serious sensory issues, including great discomfort being touched by unfamiliar people. I cut my own hai...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: permutations: converting sums to factorials

Posted: 05 Dec 2013, 10:53 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 538


Sounds like you have a good grasp on the basic formula for computing combinations.
A good way to explore this more deeply is to familiarize yourself with the binomial theorem, and explore its various representations, such as Pascal's triangle.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Those of you diagnosed who diagnosed you?

Posted: 21 Jul 2013, 10:49 am 

Replies: 22
Views: 1,497


A neurologist specializing in ASDs. That plus diagnostic testing, including a MRI and EEG. I have some unusual features, including possible seizures, sensory integration disorder (e.g.: no McGurk effect for me), and virtually no sense of smell, so extra testing was indicated.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: BPD (and other diagnoses) and Aspergers?

Posted: 21 Jul 2013, 10:46 am 

Replies: 17
Views: 2,828


I may be able to add a couple of useful observations here, since I have AS, and a woman I knew years back had BPD. There are several distinguishing features between the two. 1. Sensory issues are commonly found in AS/ASD and not a part of BPD, at least officially. I watched my BPD friend and several...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: imaginary friends (not hallucinations)

Posted: 06 Jul 2013, 9:59 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 1,689


Imaginary friends are excellent. As are animal friends. I also find an imaginary colleague pleasant to have, especially when I'm stuck on something.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Your Most Problematic Sensory Issue?

Posted: 06 Jul 2013, 12:34 am 

Replies: 51
Views: 12,192


Visual: Sunlight, though I can generally minimize this by staying indoors. Flickering lights, particularly red or yellow lights. The color red. Auditory: Low-pitched, loud noises, or high-pitched loud noises. Examples include airplanes, blenders, carpet cleaning trucks, smoke alarms, fire alarms, si...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Anyone else often taken advantage of?

Posted: 02 Jul 2013, 12:11 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 784


I'm still having this problem and I'm about twice your age. As a child, my younger brother used to get upset because I was, without knowing it, being taken advantage of, exploited, or walked all over. Similar problems occurred when I became an adult, with someone else usually telling me what was hap...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Unrecognizable people

Posted: 02 Jul 2013, 12:03 am 

Replies: 10
Views: 986


I've had similar encounters, and know that I have mild prosopognosia. I learned years ago from a book to simply memorize one or more distinctive features of the faces of people I regularly interact with, and rely on that to help me identify someone who starts talking to me. I use everything from sha...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: FinMaMan's Math Problem of the Week #1

Posted: 01 Jul 2013, 11:48 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 1,167


This math problem requires some specificity about the physics involved to give a probability. In particular, the coefficients of static and kinetic friction of the table surface, the elasticity of collisions between balls or between a ball and the bumper (edge of the table), the initial velocity of ...
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