The World Needs All Kinds of Minds

The World Needs All Kinds of Minds

On the TED website it says: “Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works — sharing her ability to ‘think in pictures,’ which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.”


I once heard a talk in which the lecturer predicted that in the future, people diagnosed with Autism will hold key leadership positions all around the world. It sounded a bit iffy to me, but watching Temple Grading’s talk, this perdition suddenly seems extremely realistic to me. It also made me realize that the way in which we are used to view those with different types of minds is undoubtedly misguided and prejudiced, and it makes the world miss out on some great minds that live among us.


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