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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
11:57 am
[shimmersplash]
Assignment Yggdrasil
(cross posted)

My first published novel is for sale. The novel is in the genre of social science fiction. One of the themes is criticism of psychiatry.
 
Here is the documentation.
 
Author: Chris Dubey. Title: "Assignment Yggdrasil." Place of publication: Brentwood, Essex, United Kingdom. Publisher: Chipmunkapublishing Ltd. Date: 2008.
 
The Web page is below. It includes a description of the plot, a biography, and an abstract of the book.
 
Saturday, February 2nd, 2008
4:07 pm
[shimmersplash]
Name that Psychiatric Illogic!
A game to test each player's ability to identify common logical fallacies and cognitive biases in psychiatric beliefs.

Web address: 
http://shimmersplash.livejournal.com/24719.html.
Saturday, January 26th, 2008
6:54 pm
[shimmersplash]
Connecticut Chapter of the Mad Students Society
Event: Weekly meeting of the Mad Students Society (no connection to Scientology)
 
Date: Fridays at 2 p.m., starting February 1, 2008
 
Location: Wesleyan University, Exley Science Center, Science Library , ‎265 Church Street, Middletown, Connecticut, 06459, telephone: 8606852860
 
Contact: Chris Doobie, deontological libertarian and friend of survivors of involuntary psychiatric treatment, telephone: 8603240722, email address: chrisdubey@hotmail.com.
Wednesday, May 31st, 2006
4:32 pm
[indigowombat]
Just a quick note to let you all know that the "live" date for the official Neuropride website is being pushed back to July 1st. It's been a chaotic month both for myself and my web designer, and we want to make sure we take the time to get plenty of content for the site and get it really looking polished before making our official debut. I'll have it sooner if I can, but it's looking like it'll be at least a couple more weeks, just in terms of coordinating my schedule with that of my web designer. I'll keep you all posted.
Friday, May 12th, 2006
9:44 pm
[indigowombat]
[Cross-post from my personal journal, regarding distributing neuropride flyers at the local Whole Earth Festival]

Ended up doing the Neuropride flyers at Office Max. They had a good deal going on. Spent some time at the Whole Earth Festival, and handed out a few. It's the first night, and by the time I got there with the flyers, the shops were closing up and it was mostly dancing and music going on. Which was cool. The flyers are great, but still pricey enough that I want to be selective about who I hand them out to, and I'm not really up for approaching random people who may not care about it and pushing this on them. My approach: I wore my Kimberly Trip T-Shirt, with their song lyric "I'm Not Quite Right in the Head" prominently on the front, along with a couple of buttons including a Disability Week button that reads "Proud to be Atypical. And the flyers were in a clear bag, with the Neuropride logo showing. People there are checking out unusual ideas and expressions already, so people are looking for weird stuff and expecting to see it, there. When someone complimented me on my shirt, I thanked them and offered them a flyer, explaining that it was about neurological diversity. It seemed to go pretty well, and I got the hang of how to do so smoothly after a repetition or three. It was a light and mellow crowd tonight, so I only passed out about 5, but I only printed 40, and that rate seems appropriate if I'm going to be passing them out all weekend as it gets busier there.

When I got tired of it, I walked home. That's a long walk. I definitely got my exercise for today. Resting and re-hydrating now. Hit my saturation point a bit earlier than I expected, socially, but I still did pretty well I think. Gives me an idea of how to pace myself throughout the weekend. Looking forward to spreading the message this weekend, and maybe getting some folks interested in the t-shirts as well. I feel like I'm doing good work, and I'm happy. :)
Friday, May 5th, 2006
3:51 pm
[indigowombat]
Neuropride Flyer
By popular request, I've created a flyer to promote the Neuropride concept. Feel free to download it and print and distribute as many as you like. If there's anyone who can convert it to a .pdf file instead of a .doc, that would be great, and I'd appreciate the help. Thanks!

[EDIT: Got it as a pdf... thanks so much, wildchildfbnbg! Yes, it's 2 pages... designed to be printed front and back on a single page, but if you'd like to just print out 1 page or the other and distribute that, that's okay too. Whatever works. :) ]
9:21 am
[indigowombat]
Social Conformity Disorder
In working on the glossary of terms for the neuropride website, I'm developing a new definition for a disorder that neurodivergent individuals may often suffer from. The proposed disorder is to be called "Social Conformity Disorder", and it is the result of an individual with fundamentally divergent neurology attempting to adapt their behavior, language, and thought patterns to the social standards of neurotypicals when this is not consistent with the orderly functioning of their own neurology. One goal of my efforts in the neuropride movement will be to petition for this real and often debilitating condition, that afflicts a large portion of the neurodiverse population, to be officially recognized in medical literature.

The effects of this disorder can include depression, anxiety, and anger, as well as decreased functioning in social settings, in academia, or in the workplace, as a result of attempting to force themselves to function in a way that is inconsistent with their fundamentally divergent nature. A neurodivergent individual that does not suffer from this disorder has achieved a state of comfortable adaptation to society in a way that honors their fundamental divergence, often capitalizing on the assets of their divergence to the mutual benefit of themselves and society, so as to compensate for the ways in which their divergence may function as a hinderance.

For a neurodivergent individual, attempting to force oneself to behave as a neurotypical can result in a legitimate state of disorder, and this should be recognized as such.

Will crosspost to asperger and to my personal journal.
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006
12:11 pm
[indigowombat]
In working on the glossary of terms for the official website, I've established a definition for standardized use of the word "disorder", and I will be replacing it with the word "divergence" in the cases where a condition does not seem to meet my criteria for a disorder. Thus, Attention Deficit Disorder would be properly termed Attention Deficit Divergence using my system of nomenclature. In light of this, and to reduce confusion, I'm altering the list of conditions that heads the Neuropride Message by reducing the mention of Attention Deficit Divergence to AD(H)D, and adding Cerebral Palsy to the list as was recommended, now that there's room.

And speaking of the T-Shirts, so far three have been requested, and no donations have yet been received. Both more T-Shirt requests and more donations will help to get the message out more quickly. As a review, here's how the process works.

To request a Neuropride T-Shirt, simply send me an email at indigowombat@indigowombat.com with the words "Neuropride T-Shirt Request" in the subject line. Include in the body of the email the number of T-Shirts you would like, the size or sizes you are requesting (adult sizes S through XXXXL available), and the mailing address you would like the request to be mailed to. All requests will be fulfilled as funds become available.

To help fund this project you may make a donation to me, via PayPal, half of which will directly go to cover the costs of producing and shipping the T-Shirts and the other half of which will go toward establishing the organization through which I intend to expand my advocacy efforts for all forms of diversity tolerance and empowerment. The latter half may include personal compensation to me for my time and effort spent on this project (within certain limits), if I determine that the project can support it. When you donate $20 or more per T-Shirt requested, you may request that your T-Shirt(s) be expidited, in which case they will be guaranteed to be included in the next batch of T-Shirts produced and shipped. A non-expedited order will be fulfilled as funds become available through donations and other sources. If you would like to donate in excess of this amount in order to help spread the message more quickly, your contribution will be appreciated.







Yes, this organization I am creating will take the form of a church. Churches have some advantages and some disadvantages at the task of supporting humanitarian causes, relative to other types of non-profit organizations, just as neurodivergent individuals have some advantages and some disadvantages at certain tasks, relative to neurotypical individuals. It would be nice if we could have access to the advantageous aspects of this organizational structure, just as many causes which are more conservative do. There are many non-profit organizations which support the neurodiversity cause, but there seem to be few if any churches that support it substantially. I'd like to help fill that niche. A Religious Left seems called for as a strategy to help counteract the social influence of the Religious Right. I offer the community my services in this regard.

I hope we can get lots of people wearing this T-Shirt and spreading awareness of neurodiversity to those who may not have encountered the idea. If their first contact with the idea is in a positive light, that social impact will be most beneficial toward the process of claiming the right to be socially accepted for who we are.

Thanks.
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006
10:41 pm
[indigowombat]
Glossary Process(ing)
Based on the thinking I've done today, I'm going to modify my original goal of writing 10 glossary entries for the neuropride site every day this month. 5 entries a day is more realistic; I misjudged the sense of scale as far as number of words per entry, so 5 entries a day should yield the same amount of actual content that I was originally planning on. Today has mostly consisted of creating a list of terms to create glossary entries for; I've got 32 terms in my list so far, although some of them may be combined into single entries. I'm sure as I write up entries, ideas for more terms will be spawned in the process, as I search for words to use in order to describe the existing terms. I've also done a great deal of thought and planning on the structure and theme of the entries. Thinking about it globally like this, rather than forcing myself to break it down into pieces in a way that might not feel natural to me, is more helpful for the way my brain processes. After a locked post by azalynn in asperger, on the topic of optimal learning processes for those with AS, I received more validation and certainty that I should go with the way my brain naturally wants to attack this project, for maximum effectiveness. Which makes even more sense considering it's a neurodiversity-themed site. ;)

No actual entries written yet today, but I think I have almost 5 that are nearly ready to come out. They're still all turning over in my head and being refined, though, prior to being actually written out. I'll try to let them evolve as much as I need to. I hope it's soon, for the sake of creating as much content for the site as possible in the time allowed, but I know that when I allow my brain to work naturally, the output comes prodigously when it does start flowing, so I'm not too worried.

Crossposted to my personal journal.
6:27 pm
[indigowombat]
Discussion Topic
What do you feel is the greatest asset of your neurodiversity? Or assets, if you don't want to limit yourself to just one.

For me, it's the focus and persistence granted to me by AS. How about you?

Crossposting to asperger.
10:55 am
[indigowombat]
Agenda for May
My primary focus for this month will be the development of the forthcoming official neuropride website. I have one month to generate a sufficient amount of content to create a useful and informative resource for people with questions about neurodiversity. Given my rate of output of expression on topics I care about, over the past few months, this seems like a realistic and useful goal to set.

The tone of the website shall be based on a message of universal tolerance. Although for me, this is a spiritually based philosophy, I do not intend to explicitly discuss my spiritual and religious perspectives on the site, except in the following contexts: as part of a biographical article on myself as the operator and content provider of the site, as a mention that the services and resources offered by the site are services I provide on behalf of my ministry and future church, and in discussion forums where it seems called for to speak about my personal views.

The backbone of the site, from a content perspective, will be a glossary of neurodiversity related terms, presented from a perspective intended to promote tolerance for diversity in all its forms. My goal is to write up at least ten glossary terms every day this month. Whien there are days on which I fall short of my quota, I shall endeavor to make up the shortfall on future days. As I establish this as the backbone of my daily routine to create content, I will occasionally write longer articles on neurodiversity-related topics, as the inspiration strikes me. I will be seeking inspiration for other resources and services to provide for the site as well. I have many ideas, but I am not yet clear on the details of how they will manifest. I will discover this through the process of creating the site.

Now, to work.

Cross-posted to my personal journal.
12:18 am
[indigowombat]
Sunday, April 30th, 2006
5:50 pm
[indigowombat]
Hey everyone. I just posted a fairly lengthy treatise in incand_essence to try to answer some questions people have asked about what I'm trying to do with my efforts to create a church, and to use my ministry as the vehicle for my contributions to everyone here in the neuropride community. If you've been wondering just what the heck I'm trying to do here, reading this post might help you understand, I hope.

For those who aren't up for reading through all that, let me just say that it's not my goal to turn this community into my church. It's my goal to develop a church to help provide services to this community and other diversity-related communities, regardless of whether anyone here chooses to endorse or support the beliefs and practices of the church I'm developing. The services I want to offer for community benefit are gifts offered freely with no religious strings attached. Support the efforts if you want, partake of the services if you want, ignore it completely if you want. I just want people to know that deciding to accept a neuropride t-shirt from us, or deciding to contribute money to us to help us get these t-shirts out to people, won't be supporting a group that seeks to convert others to its beliefs. It's about helping people, not converting people.

Anyway, thanks again, everyone, for being here, and I hope you've all had a good weekend. That's all for now. If you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer them.
Thursday, April 27th, 2006
6:41 pm
[indigowombat]
Neuropride T-Shirts Debut!
Hey everyone. Great news; the Neuropride T-Shirts are ready to go into production! They'll be sponsored by my new ministry, the IncandEssence Ministry. And the best part is, we're making them freely available to anyone who wants them. Just submit a request, and you'll be put on the waiting list.

Of course, the more donations we receive on behalf of the ministry, the more quickly we can get everyone their T-Shirts. So, when you donate at least $20 to the ministry, you can have your T-Shirt request expedited so it will be guaranteed to be included in the next batch of shirts produced. Even if you can't afford or don't want to make a donation, though, your request will be still be honored. And, of course, if you would like to contribute a little extra to help us get as many T-Shirts out there as we can, that would be greatly, greatly appreciated.

Details on how to request a T-Shirt and/or donate to the ministry can be found here. Thanks, and I hope to get your T-Shirts out to you as soon as possible! I'm really excited about this. :)
Tuesday, April 25th, 2006
8:07 pm
[indigowombat]
Going to spend some time this evening rereading the first couple of chapters of The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki. I bought it a few weeks ago in the course of my research into the process of starting up my own business structure for nonprofit work. The subtitle of the book is The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything. That kind of broad generalization is something I respond very, very well to, and resonate with on a deep level. That's speaking my language. Not because of a desire to ignore details or sweep them under the carpet... I'm actually extraordinarily sensitive to small details being off; I can't help it. I usually can't articulate very well what the problem is when some small detail feels "off", though, not without thorough methodical analysis. But I generally pick up on the fact that *something* is off very quickly, and will persistently track it down until I figure out what it is. The reason the generalization thing works for me is that it can reduce complex situations to basic underlying principles, and as long as the generalization is carried out carefully and accurately, it can be a phenomenally useful tool for dealing with complex subjects. It's important to realize that information can be lost in that process, but often times 90% of the related information on a topic has nothing to do with what I'm trying to do with the topic. As long as I'm careful about what information is most relevant to keep and incorporate into the generalized approach on something, it works very well for me. It's certainly not infallible, but it's definitely my arena of greatest efficacy, and I'm often capable of quite impressive things within that arena. When I make mistakes, it usually doesn't take me too long for that to be called to my attention, as the generalization starts failing. It's a fairly self-protected system of problem-solving and analysis, given my intrinsic sensitivity to imbalances in abstract cognitive structures. I pick up on the "something is wrong" pretty quick, then use my ability for thorough methodical processing to track down the cognitive imbalance. It works for me, and it works pretty darn well.

Crossposted from my personal journal.
Tuesday, April 18th, 2006
10:08 pm
[indigowombat]
Okay folks, here it is: The official Neuropride logo, the image I'll be using for the front of my Neuropride t-shirt, and what I hope might become a broadly accepted official symbol for neurodiversity in general. I hope you like it!



Feel free to use this image or the icon for non-commercial purposes, as long as you credit me. If you'd like to use it for a commercial purpose, non-profit or otherwise, please talk to me first, and we'll work something out.

Hope you like it!
Wednesday, April 12th, 2006
2:03 pm
[duponthumanite]
Refusal - I don't get it
Twice today I have encountered autistic phenomena that those with more typical wiring wouldn't be able to nut out or understand.

The first time was Zilari's blog. She talks about how she melts down. Her co-workers then claim the responsibility. She explained that the root of this behaviour was that she doesn't know how to get along without a script. I imagine many of you might be able to identify.

The second time is for me emotionally difficult. One sister is dealing with her younger Asperger sister. She thinks the sister is a bit spoilt. They don't have a diagnosis. Anyway she had a cavity and is not allergic to latex. She said she could not get the sister's refusal to learn, to do, to tell. I thought it was not refusal in the sense neurotypicals would use it, and it was not helpful and counterproductive to frame the problem in this way. I think it is more like inertia.

Nobody chooses to have a meltdown or to refuse something perfectly normal like a cavity. I think with all difficult behaviour there is a purpose and a reason. What do you think?

Current Mood: productive
Monday, April 10th, 2006
8:14 pm
[polydad]
If we're proud of our neurology, what exactly is it we're being proud of?

Okay, we're not neurotypical. What are we? How many different axes of difference are there? How, precisely, are we different?

How many different kinds of "us" are there?

best,

Joel. Not short of questions.
5:04 pm
[indigowombat]
The artwork has been commissioned for my Neuropride logo. Looking forward to seeing the result. I should have it for us in a week. :)
Wednesday, April 5th, 2006
5:20 pm
[indigowombat]
The Neuropride Message
Okay, I've done some research, and a little bit of design work. It looks like individually customized t-shirts may turn out to be not cost-effective, but with a little creativity, that can be gotten around. A standardized t-shirt to explain the basics, and buttons to advertise personal idiosyncracies or triggers that we'd like others to know about us at a glance, so they can avoid behaviors or stimuli that can trigger unpleasant consequences for both us and them. I've come up with an initial draft for a possible set of text to display on such a shirt. [EDIT: Whoops! I just realized I didn't clarify in this post that the text below is intended for the BACK of the shirt. The front would have a logo as described below, and much simpler text. Sorry I wasn't clear about that!] Please let me know what you think; what works, what doesn't, what you'd like to see that isn't there. This takes up the maximum available space as it is, so paring it down would be necessary if we were to add anything else. With that in mind, here's what I've got so far:

Autism. Asperger’s Syndrome. Dyslexia. Dyspraxia. Cerebral Palsy. AD(H)D. Tourette’s Syndrome.

When a human brain develops in an unusual way, these and many other conditions can be the result. But they are NOT diseases. They are simply different ways that a brain can be. Another form of diversity. These conditions can cause differences in perception, expression, and internal cognitive processing. They can bring challenges in interacting with the rest of the world. Sensory overload. Unusual ways of moving, speaking, thinking, and behaving. But these idiosyncracies are NOT defects. Such brains merely have different ways of functioning and relating to the world. Brains of this sort are no better or worse than brains with more typical neurology. And many people with such conditions would not want a “cure” if it were available. These differences can often bring significant strengths along with their challenges. And challenges can themselves be a source of strength, inspiring one to push harder and achieve more in life. Many would not want to trade these strengths in order to conform to conventional social behavior. With simple understanding, compassion, and consideration, many of these types of challenges can be compensated for with simple adjustments to one’s sensory and social environment. Simple measures such as dimming lights or lowering voices, allowing a little extra personal space, or giving someone a little extra time to form a thought and finish a sentence, can make an enormous difference in the quality of life of a neurodivergent person. Every brain is different, with different ways of adapting to the world, and it is ineffective and cruel to force each one to behave like a typical brain would. By working with these conditions instead of against them, they can enrich our world with their diverse ways of thinking, perceiving, and expressing themselves.

EVERY BRAIN IS BEAUTIFUL!
NEURODIVERSITY WITH PRIDE


The first part would be in 36 point font, the bulk of the text in 24 point, and the taglines at the bottom would be 48 point. There would also be a url below the taglines, also in 48 point, to a (not-yet-existing but coming soon) website. The front of the t-shirt would have the image I described earlier, a stylized rendition of a brain seen from above, with the proportions slightly distorted to give a circular shape rather than an elliptical one (to evoke the circular shape of other activist symbols, such as the peace sign or the anarchy symbol). [EDIT: Another thing I forgot to clarify; the contours of the cerebral cortex in that image would be filled in the colors of the rainbow, to represent diversity.] Around this image would be the tagline text "Every Brain is Beautiful."

What do you think? Questions? Comments? Suggestions?
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