new things

28 Jan

Logic of a 15 year-old  boy with Aspenger’s Syndrome in the book The curious incident of the dog in the night-time:

“…And Sioban says people go on holidays to see new things and relax, but it wouldn’t make me relaxed and you can see new things by looking at earth under a microscope or drawing the shape of the solid made when 3 circular rods of equal thickness intersect at right angles. And I think that there are so many things just in one house that it would take years to think about all of them properly. And, also, a thing is interesting because of thinking about it and not because of it being new. For example, Siobhan showed me that you can wet your finger and rub the edge of a thin glass and make a singing noise. And you can put different amounts of water in different glasses and they make different notes because they have what are called different resonant frquencies, can you can play a tune like Three Blind Mice. And lots of people have thin glasses in their houses and they don’t know you can do this…”

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