The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime By Mark Haddon

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Author Mark Haddon is a trickster. In his book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, He uses the simple mystery of a neighbor's dead dog to teach us an important life lesson on those with autism and how we aren’t so different. By the eightieth page, we as readers realize the mystery of who killed the dog is over, yet we continue to read, and by the end of the book it is too late to realize the real meaning behind the book and we have already learned a lesson we did not know we were being taught. The mystery is not who killed the dog, the mystery is that people with autism deal with the same life issues as we do. Dead dogs, divorced parents, and huge test, yet just because their methods of coping and handling issues are different…show more content…
when we dwell on these differences it causes us to suppress the potential these people have. As stated by Krister Palo’s TEDx Talk “Aspergers, not what you think it is” “All of us have a single seed of genius( people with Aspergers). Which if nurtured could lead to a tree of knowledge. However, we are so afraid of how this tree will grow, that often what we do is we take the seed and we crush it.” ( Palo 2:34). Krister Palo said they all have a seed of genius, and when we crush this seed of genius we lose out on all that we could have gained from them. It is said that Albert Einstein has a form of autism. We are still taking from all his knowledge today, even though some are good and some are bad. Nonetheless, if not for his chance to nurture his seed of genius, we would have lost out on so much. Just like we do with all other seeds we crush. Over half of kids diagnosed with a form of autism are victims of bullying. How can we ever progress as a species if we do not learn to think critically and look past the surface differences and learn to think on a deeper level of thought? In Krister Palo’s talk, he also mentions the stigmas behind autism and the lack of credibility behind them. He points out several times that as a boy with autism, he is no different than any other boy, his brain just thinks differently. Straight from the mouth of a boy with Aspergers comes the words “ I am no different”. He is able to understand that…show more content…
People with Aspergers are not incapable of picking up on social cues. In fact they are able to pick up on most social cues. One thing found by the Academic Press is that people with Aspergers were unable to identify what members of the same sex were “attractive” as it is difficult or sometimes impossible to see other points of view. Just as they can’t see other points of view, we cannot see theirs. “We explain this difference in terms of a weakness in mentalizing, specifically the ability to take a different point of view: While all other stereotypes attributions could be made from an egocentric point of view, judging the attractiveness of faces of one’s own sex requires taking the perspective of someone of the opposite sex, a challenge for people with mentalizing problems. We conclude that individuals with Asperger Syndrome show preserved aspects of social knowledge, as revealed in the attribution of stereotypes to pictures of people. These findings suggest that there are dissociable subcomponents to social cognition and that not all of these are compromised in Asperger Syndrome.”( Academic press is the publisher, could not find author). People with Aspergers are no different from us other than the way their brain processes things. This is something that needs to addressed in society and dealt with. The stereotypes, although true for some, are not true for all. It is up to us to help nurture their seeds of genius and help them grow instead of
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