Date: Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bagpuss
The blog post about smart people asking questions certainly tallies with my experience at scientific conferences

Date: Saturday, February 18th, 2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gwenhwyfaer
Hmm. I find it virtually impossible to ask questions, because it feels like too much of an invasion into other people's lives / time / whatever - and also, because it takes me a while to process information I've received (offline, effectively) to the point where I know what questions I want to ask about it. Didn't understand why until I got my autism diagnosis. So I'm kind of pissed off with the inherent assumptions in that article, assumptions that as of today, and the "atheism != privilege relief" article you posted, I'll know to call allist - especially at the point where it becomes explicit ("I just google it later so I don't look stupid"), because Googling stuff is in itself asking questions about it! And frankly, much more likely to get someone like me answers than an awful ten minute silence where I desperately try to think about what questions I might be expected to ask.

(I first encountered someone mistaking an autistic approach for a lack of curiosity when my chemistry tutor told me "yes, you're bright, but this person here is so curious about the subject and that deserves extra time". Didn't understand it was allist privilege for another 15 years, but...)

Date: Monday, February 20th, 2012 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gwenhwyfaer
"The thing about not wanting to invade other people's time is a being-socialised-as-female thing, I think."

And what part of me telling you it was because I was autistic did you feel comfortable dismissing out of hand, Jennie?

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