Dandelions, Tulips, Orchids and Neurological Pluralism – Ryan Boren

While reading up on the stress model of autism, I came across the Dandelions, Tulips, and Orchids framing via @peripheralminds. Peripheral Minds@PeripheralMinds  · Aug 30, 2019 Tom Boyce compared normal people to dandelions and people with a brain difference to orchids. While dandelions are able to thrive anywhere, orchids are more beautiful and fascinating, but they don’t thrive anywhere, … Continue reading Dandelions, Tulips, Orchids and Neurological Pluralism – Ryan Boren

Foregrounding of Complexity as the Baseline – Ryan Boren

Neurodiversity and the social model for bodyminds are about the “foregrounding of complexity as the baseline.” I foreground all of this to underscore that there is a neurological difference, or a spectrum of neurology, that must be attended to. The movement for neurodiversity is not interested in homogenizing experience. We are different and we require … Continue reading Foregrounding of Complexity as the Baseline – Ryan Boren

College Admissions Scandals, the New Aristocracy, and the Grading and Ranking of Children – Ryan Boren

Three reads to go with the college admissions scandal: One of the hazards of life in the 9.9 percent is that our necks get stuck in the upward position. We gaze upon the 0.1 percent with a mixture of awe, envy, and eagerness to obey. As a consequence, we are missing the other big story of … Continue reading College Admissions Scandals, the New Aristocracy, and the Grading and Ranking of Children – Ryan Boren

Workflow Thinking and Purposeful Friction – Ryan Boren

By stepping away from the familiar and searching for potential friction points, however, a writer can better understand how particular tools or formats shape and structure their work. Source: Writing Workflows | Chapter 1 I’m a few chapters in and enjoying the pre-peer review draft of “Writing Workflows: Beyond Word Processing”. It looks at the workflows of … Continue reading Workflow Thinking and Purposeful Friction – Ryan Boren