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The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by Dr. Temple Grandin (Full Transcript)

Dr Temple Grandin @ Talks at Google

Title: The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum – Transcript

Event: Talks at Google

Speaker: Dr. Temple Grandin

Brief Description: Dr. Temple Grandin comes to Google to talk about her book: The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum.

TRANSCRIPT: 

Introducing Speaker: Please welcome Dr. Temple Grandin.

Temple Grandin – Author, Thinking in Pictures

It’s really great to be here today. I’m going to talk about a lot of different things. I was one of those kids that was kind of different growing up, bullied and teased in school. And the thing that saved me was my science teacher. I had a great science teacher that got me interested in doing all kinds of interesting projects — which brings it down to you want to get kids doing interesting stuff, you’re going to have to show them interesting stuff.

There’s a scene in the HBO movie where I got really interested in optical illusion rooms. Well, and I actually saw that optical illusion room on a Bell Labs 16 millimeter movie – now I’m showing how long ago that was — on optical illusions. So you know, got to get them out there and show them stuff.

Now the thing is, what I want to do is to get you thinking about different kinds of minds that think differently. When I was in 20s, 30s, and early 40s, I thought that everybody thought the same way that I think. Then I asked this question, and this is where I learned how thinking can be different. Access your memory on a church steeple. How does that information come into your mind? I was shocked to find out that a lot of people get this vague, generalized thing. I don’t have any vague generalized thing. I only have specific ones.

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