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Memoirs of a Used Car Salesman’s Daughter
At the bottom of each story or scandal there was always the same truth: somebody knew. Somebody always knew. The plant manager knew about the leak; the engineers knew the airbags didn’t work correctly; the accountants knew the numbers didn’t add up; the bankers knew the mortgages would never be repaid. Dozens of executives at Volkswagen, for example, knew that the software in their vehicles had been programmed to make it seem as if their diesel vehicles met emissions standards when, in fact, they didn’t.
march 2019 by MF_reads
Catapult | Catapult | When People See Your Blindness as Superhuman, They Stop Seeing You as Human | M. Leona Godin
So I felt vindicated, excited, and inspired when I read the perceptual psychologist Lawrence Rosenblum’s See What I’m Saying, in which we find the seemingly fantastic feats of the super blind alongside related abilities of the general population, though to a lesser extent, due mainly to lack of incentive and practice. A blind person has more reason to exploit her human echolocation skills than a sighted person, but that does not mean these skills are superpowers. As Rosenblum demonstrates, what we often take as superpowers are really just expansions of what humans do unconsciously all the time: “Our less-conscious brains are absorbing a profusion of sights, sounds, and smells using processes that seem superhuman. While psychologists have long known that our sensory systems can take in information without our awareness, new research is showing that entire perceptual skills are occurring this way. These implicit perceptual abilities are allowing our less-conscious brains to have all the fun.”

I find the idea that all of us have unconscious faculties ready to be exploited very comforting. It challenges the stereotype of the super blind by suggesting that, if given the chance, we can all develop extraordinary powers. This is particularly important for blind people, who are often confronted with outlandish expectations.
blindness  supercrip  daredevil  writing  echolocation  firstperson  disablism  mobility 
december 2018 by jesse_the_k
paris review > Writing My Struggle: An Exchange
Last September in Oslo, the New Yorker critic James Wood conducted a public interview with the ­novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard
Literatur  Autofiction  FirstPerson  from instapaper
november 2017 by praschl

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