Yesterday I was thinking back on an autistic behavior that Vox Day once pointed out, where autists will tend to consider natural language expressions of logic to be imprecise and categorically inferior to symbolic expressions. It’s an irrational attitude because English can be as analytically precise as mathematical logic. This is evidenced by the presence of English in math proofs and theorems, and the empirical fact that a mathematics undergrad is the best preparation for law school performance and analytical reading tests like the LSAT. This irrational attitude is due to the autist’s aversion to the ambiguity of natural languages, where the same utterance can and often does have multiple possible meanings. From “Introduction to Computing Systems” by Patt and Patel:
This ambiguity requires the listener to exercise cognitive empathy and guess the intended meaning. Because autists lack discernment due to impaired theory of mind, having a radically different mind from most people to begin with, and because the speaker probably doesn’t have a clear, logical idea in the first place or the necessary undergrad degree to express it, autists feel the need to “fix” language by removing the possibility to speak ambiguously (which causes them anxiety). They try to do this by creating algebra-like languages that are more like the block design IQ subtest, where autists show superior performance, and less like facial emotion-reading tests, where autists are functionally retarded. That is, the motive is a misguided attempt to move the problem from a domain of cognitive weakness, where the autist has a history of not solving problems, to a domain of cognitive strength, where the autist has a history of solving all of their problems.
Reflecting on this, I believe the eternal quest for the prisca sapientia, or as I’ve described it before “the pattern which contains all patterns” is motivated by the melonhead’s superior cognitive performance in pattern-noticing tasks. (And yes, that performance is also suggestive of Obadiah’s theory that Melonheads R Real Autists.) The anticipated emotional payoff, presumably, is a sense of confidence, power (bc knowledge is power), and mindfulness.