Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Granny-napping - the legal transportation of an elderly person, typically an old lady relative with dementia, for the purpose of evading legal restrictions against financial abuse. Vulnerable and incapacitated elderly people can be transported between different states of Australia and/or taken out of the professional care of a nursing home. Disgraceful!
Friday, April 20, 2012
The journal Medical Hypotheses is always good for a laugh, even more so when the paper is co-authored by the famous "Rama".....
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Sometimes life spontaneously throws up odd correspondences or patterns which show us something about the way the world really works, in a way that is hard to ignore. Am I the first or am I only the last to notice the irony in this story? Years ago Professor Simon Baron-Cohen's Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge developed a DVD that is supposed to teach autistic children (presumed to be unable to read emotions) how to read facial expressions. That DVD is called The Transporters, and it features train engines and motor vehicle characters with expressive faces which get into dramas. The Transporters bears a strong resemblance to the popular children's TV series and illustrated books centred on the character Thomas the Tank Engine, stories which are believed to have particular appeal to young autistic boys. The characters in the Thomas the Tank books and TV series also have expressive faces and get into many interpersonal dramas. A week or so ago it was revealed on the Australian TV current affairs show 7.30 that the award-winning artist who created the artwork for the new generation of Thomas the Tank books and associated merchandise, Owen Bell, has been professionally diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. A quick look at some examples of Mr Bell's artwork reveals that he has created many images of a range facial expressions which appear to be appropriate and interpretable. They aren't masterpieces of emotional depth or subtlety, but one wouldn't expect that from simplified children's book illustrations. So, how did Mr Bell with Asperger syndrome manage to produce such art if autistics can't even read facial expressions (let alone depict them in art in an anpropriate way)? Please explain, Professor!
"The Transporters"-Dr. Simon Baron Cohen: Beyond the Headlines. YouTube. Uploaded by autismhangout on Jan 8, 2009.
A Perth digital artist creates award winning images. 7.30 WA. April 13, 2012.
Owen Bell. Wikia.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
"I'm not Rainman, I'm sort of light shower man."
- award-winning Perth digital artist Owen Bell
It seems appropriate that the artist who created the artwork for the new generation of Thomas the Tank books and associated merchandise is on the autistic spectrum.
A Perth digital artist creates award winning images.
April 13, 2012.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Was the notorious Australian movie Wake in Fight, shot in Broken Hill and based on a novel set in Broken Hill, actually a film about violent and disordered behaviour caused by brain damage from lead poisoning?
Monday, April 09, 2012
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Many thousands of people have read at least one of my articles about Jani Schofield, but has any of it made a difference to the child's life?
Concerned member of the public - The law has been broken! Do something!
Useless policeman - Where's the evidence?
Concerned member of the public - It's out there waiting for a police officer to find it.