Aspie Trait: Noticing Things That Others Don’t

Bucket of water

Hello, ladies & gents. Noticing things that others don’t is tricky to conceptualize, after all, how do you know that you’re noticing something where others don’t? You can’t because you’re not in their minds; you are not privy to their thoughts and mental images. Very often, I’ve been told things like, “Who notices that but you?” or “I never noticed that,” or “who notices these things?” It could just be garden variety boredom that had me paying attention to minute details, or it could be autism at work. Anyway, I’ve always wondered the following:

Have you ever noticed how the arms of some females has a bend at the elbows that forces the lower arm away from their bodies? I’ve always wondered if that was a genetic mutation because, I’m guessing, women were water bearers and caretakers of the home, as opposed to men who were doing the hunting. Walking with buckets of water that didn’t scrape against the body would’ve been a plus in the water carrier days as the containers wouldn’t rub against their legs and slow the carriers down.

Have you also ever noticed how some men walk with their palms facing backwards? That would, of course, make it seem that many moons ago, if their arms were longer and they hunched over when they walked, their knuckles would be dragging on the forest floor. Of course, this is a controversial hypothesis. Here is a quote from Wikipedia: “One theory of the origins of human bipedality is that it evolved from a terrestrial knuckle-walking ancestor. This theory is opposed to the theory that such bipedalism arose from a more generalized arboreal ape ancestor. The terrestrial knuckle-walking theory argues that early hominin wrist and hand bones retain morphological evidence of early knuckle-walking.” And that would make sense especially if they were running or getting into a fight or protecting their clan. Such a stance can be pretty threatening and an enemy would think twice about approaching their women or cache of food.

To come: more casual observations from Robin.

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