HEALTH: A journey into the universe of Autism
Dieter Wieczorek
Dieter Wieczorek
Wieczorek is a film critic and regular contributor to Modern Times Review.
Published date: June 7, 2020

In times of catastrophe management, something which best describes our present days, even besides the Coronavirus or climate change, it’s specifically difficult to overpass the mental defense mechanism of causal solution research and to make a step beside the standard perception of reality.

The times which had opened up for a real interrogative look to other forms of perceptions, like the phenomenological research of schizophrenia offered by Ronald David Laing (1927-1989), or the social-political contextualization of «mental illness» by David Graham Cooper (1931-1986), or again the opening of clinics for the disordered in Italy by Franco Basaglia (1924 –1980) – someone who wanted to take patients back to the places where their troubles began – lies decades away. Today the commercial power of medical applications dominates the general treatment of the mentally handicapped. The pharmaceutical industry has won the battle.

In this context, it’s a rare change to see a documentary that goes back to the origins and puts the «the others» themselves, in this case, the so-called autistic ones, at the center of an inquiry.

Natural variation

The concept of Piotr Stasik’s Altered States of Consciousness (Odmienne stany świadomości) appears at its end. It’s a citation by Steve Silberman, …

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