I will make the first posting to my blog.
1. I always wanted a blog. Now I have one. Thank you, MSK.
2. Here is place for mindless people like me. I have Aspberger's syndrome, a neural variant found in about 20 percent of the U.S. population. Our intellectual machinery does not work quite the same way as for Neuro-Typicals (you guys).
3. People like me tend to trades and professions that are rule-based and are rewarding to the literal minded. There are a lot of Aspies in the computer and software business along with high functioning autistic folk.
4. We tend not to read between the lines, but take things at face value, often literally. Such is our nature.
Us Aspies (that is what Aspberger people call themselves) are not prone to introspection and are solidly brain-based. I personally, do not believe there is a self standing substance (res cogitens) which constitutes the Mind. I believe firmly that Mind is an operation and attribute of Matter, in particular the Matter of the the sentient brain. The Mind (I believe) is the working of the brain or parts thereof and not the manifestation of some entity or substance that is not subject to physical laws. In short I reject Caresian Duality in the entirety and I concur with Demikritos and Lucippus that the world consists of matter/energy doing its thing in space and time.
This tendency toward literalness is often annoying to the NT's (Neuro-Typicals) and has produced a certain amount of pain for me (other Aspies report similar experience). This includes being shunned, mocked and even beaten up. Even today in my old age, I am accused by some of being stubborn and annoying just to be annoying. They tell me that I know better. Actually I don't know better and that is the point. I have discovered empirically that Objectivists sometimes react with hostility to folks like the Aspies and accuse of us being Evil Evaders . Such is not the case. We cannot see what we cannot see. One does not blame the blind for not seeing. It is neither just nor fair to do so.
Aspies have no ectoplasmic bats in their belfries nor ghosts in their attic. There is no ghost in our machine, the Cartesian theater is closed and we are made of the same stuff as animals, vegetables and minerals. No Mind (as a separate entity), no Soul, no Ghosts. Hume had us pegged correctly.