Sensory acclimatization

I think one of the thal’s greatest weaknesses is a very slow rate of acclimatization to new environments. In particular, I believe our sensory processing tends to be narrow and deep, having a lot of complexity in familiar environments and maladaptive simplicity in unfamiliar environments (mirroring our hobby interests).

To illustrate, I’ll employ the example of a head transfer function.

Now, if you plug a person’s ears with putty it takes their brain about three weeks to create a new head transfer function, until which they’ll have difficulty locating the source of a sound in space. My hypothesis is that, controlling for IQ and musicianship (pre-existing pitch/timbre) differentiation ability), an aspie will take longer to create the new head transfer function.

I believe this is related to our relatively slow emotional processing cycle, which results in emotional reactions that last minutes rather than seconds, which is highly maladaptive in complex, shallow affect socializing.


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42 Responses to Sensory acclimatization

  1. glosoli says:

    I got a strong sense of deja vu reading this. Weird eh?

  2. SirHamster says:

    Had an interesting conversation with a more socially astute guy. He was talking about how talking to people in person is so much better than over the Internet… I had expressed preference for online text-only as rapid and clear communication.

    The difference between a mind that instantly processes all the fuzzy non-verbal communication, and the one where it doesn’t even register.

    I thought his position was crazy … but in hindsight, I’m the abnormal one. As one of your posts put it, human communication is more for FEELZ than thoughts. I can think back and recognize how I screwed this up in past conversations … but I can’t do it real-time.

    Or to be more positive, I haven’t learned how to hack it yet.

    • Jdc says:

      Dating and relationships are definitely much better in person. Also friendships, it’s rare to have a deep friendship with someone you’ve never actually met.

      However for communicating ideas, text is king.

    • Tom Bri says:

      No, not crazy. I am on the opposite end of the spectrum, certainly not aspie, and for anything important, I prefer email. Hard to get a miscommunication when it is preserved, and I like to have time to think out exactly how to say something.

      • Jdc says:

        I have lost relationships due to miscommunication via text messages/instant messaging. It’s much easier to communicate in person for interpersonal relationships as much is based on visual cues and speech tone, though I would never try to convey an important idea over the phone or via a casual chat.

    • Jdc says:

      You’re right about FEELZ though. A lot of people don’t like me because they claim I am extremely nasty when I speak bluntly to someone. They think I am a bad person, while they’re willing to let more eloquent speakers get away with things that I would see as an ethical faux pas or downright evil. It’s not about right or wrong, it’s about how that person makes you feel. No wonder men don’t take women seriously.

  3. Robotnick says:

    Explains the last two years of my life.

  4. Koanic says:

    Fluidity is for fags.

    • iceini says:

      you do nothing these days koanic but comment on aeolies genius, get back to work this instant! what are you some kind of lazy sapien!

      • Robotnick says:


      • Koanic says:

        Bro. You don’t even KNOW

        • bicebicebice says:

          Go with the flow you know, yo.

          “muh waiting for Eden-totalconversion mod”

          Regards Nobilid

          • Robotnick says:

            I guess koanic could be an odd mix of STJ and NTJ

            • Aeoli Pera says:

              I think he’s pretty squarely INTJ. Anyway, Eysenck’s breakdown of intelligence, conscientiousness, and psychoticism should be considered primary and MBTI secondary. You can’t compare an INTJ of IQ 100, low psychoticism, and low conscientiousness with Koanic.

            • Santoculto says:

              Koanic don’t appear to be INTP.

            • bicebicebice says:

              I wish there was a feature where you just uploaded your genome-kit and THEN it gave you the answer, that would be golden. Coca Cola will affect your surface-personality.

              Lol, fluidity is acually too faggy, mfw Koanic was right. Don’t touch the pureamid, itz angled precisely at the right angles.

              Saps don’t like astrology, but when you remove the astrology from the Astrology, and get the magic 4 letters, they will live their lives according to them. For a while. Very peculiar.

              Regardless of method, the constants are always there. That Melon-Trumpslide incoming, bookies odds busted today thanks to FBI, prepare for Melon-money rain, gamblaramalafam.

              We them Jews now £$€.

            • bicebicebice says:

              “The Burned Out Pornstar”
              Astrology, psychiatry, Four Letters, all I know is that Eden can replace these, at best, humorous concepts. At their worst, they are all ITZ-inducing weapons of mass destruction.

            • Aeoli Pera says:

              Like most personality categorizations, MBTI works best in the normal ranges. Edenist types are better in the upper ranges of IQ, and various psychiatric and genetic conditions are better in the low ranges.

  5. Pseudorandom Bypasser says:

    I thought about similar stuff the other day. I’ve always disliked physical change and prefer things to stay the same. Environmental changes like moving to a new apartment, traveling, seasonal weather changes or even a change in lightning can easily cause feelings of dissociation. I’ve also noticed that my work-related concentration and immersion are never as strong in foreign or temporary places as they are in familiar ones that I’ve already gotten used to.

    • Edenist Whackjob says:

      Hmm… You seem like a kindred spirit. Can tell by the nickname alone.

      • Edenist Whackjob says:

        Ditonal double-word nicknames seem to be a pattern…

        • Rime says:


          What does a major third have to do with your nicknames?

          • Rime says:

            Nevermind. Did some googling and now I’m getting edjamucated by Sensei Koanic. He could really use another word to describe what he’s doing.

            • Aeoli Pera says:

              I tentatively suggest “connotative accuracy”, referring to accuracy of both denotation and connotation. For example, a leftist might describe me as “racist”, which is true according to the dictionary definition but not true according to the mental picture they wish to project of a hillbilly homo rapist from the movie Deliverance. A ditonal speaker would prefer the term “race realist”, which projects the mental picture of an HBD blogger, which is much closer to the truth than hillbilly homo rapist from the movie Deliverance.

        • Aeoli Pera says:

          We also seem to like dactyls. Koanic, Aeoli, Edenist, Polymath, jsl, Heaviside, etc.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      I think this is one of the reasons we prefer routine, the other being that change is an energy sink. Croms and saps usually love change because resources are abundant and spending is fun, although croms hunker down and become conservative when resources are tighter.

      • Edenist Whackjob says:

        I like change, but I sometimes resist it because it takes a lot of processing power to integrate.

        • Edenist Whackjob says:

          In other words, I like change on some level but dislike it on another. Were I less navel-gazing, I would just say “I dislike change” or, even worse, “I like change” (without knowledge of levels of mind).

  6. mobiuswolf says:

    It’s not just that emotional reactions are a waste of valuable time? We actively do not watch for them.

  7. mobiuswolf says:

    It takes a month to get a perfect map (which is pretty quick) but you get a usable map almost immediately. The loss of elevation is interesting. I hadn’t noticed that.

  8. Obadiah says:

    >We also seem to like dactyls. Koanic, Aeoli, Edenist, Polymath, jsl, Heaviside, etc.



  9. Obadiah says:

    Tex Arcane

  10. Obadiah says:

    Melonboon tends to ditrochee or some kind of tetrasyllable:

    “Dio Brando”
    “Jazzhands McFeels”

    Either that or Spondee:

    “Vox Day”

  11. Obadiah says:

    “Roissy” and “Heartiste” are both disyllables, with “Chateau Heartiste” being a diiamb.

    Smart introverts have a tendency to select screen names with tripartite metrical feet; smart extroverts have a tendency to select screen names with evenly-numbered (either two or four) metrical feet.

  12. Obadiah says:

    I guess “Dio Brando” is an anime villain’s name and not a screen name that an actual person consciously chose. But still.

  13. Obadiah says:

    It’s a legit theory! It works! It fits!

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