The world needs all kinds of minds: Temple Grandin on TED.com

Posted by: Emily McManus

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. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010, in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 19:44)

Watch Temple Grandin’s talk from TED2010 on TED.com, where you can download this TEDTalk, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from our archive of 600+ TEDTalks.

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  • rich shull commented on Mar 3 2010

    There is a group of people like me, old autisitc that missed Rain Man era Politics a we have a living anthropolgy, from all over the world that build on Temple’s Work. When we complete the rest of the autism story, we come out ‘normal’. We have inadvertently discovered a different kind of human thought process that has never been in a book before- and all figured out – it is the next 1000 chapters in psychology and autism explained. We all started out in Special Education and today pass for Einstein.

    We build on Temple’s still and motion picture (your internal thoughts) and add Picture in Pictue thought ,3 and 4 deminsion, projection thoughts (no what you think) and when we learn the rest of these autism thoughts normal shortcutted thoughts like you use are the result.

    Contemporary autism, jumps threw hoops to keep us hidden as we all came out ok and do too much of a normal life to suit them, The thought process we discovered is an old version of human thought (?)

    • Krystian Aparta commented on Jun 23 2011

      What if these thought processes are also used by neurotypicals, but the difference is that they are not aware of them consciously, i.e. they happen in the background and are blurred?

  • Roni Kristanto commented on Mar 2 2010

    the world is controlled by 2 major languages: language of feeling & the reality. if both have the same value or weight of a balanced (resulting stack, while the world needs to power the motion). Where is the highest interruption between them.