Nikola Tesla, Aspergers, etc



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Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:22 am

I'd like to share some quotes by Nikola Tesla, and see if anyone else feels his thought pattern is similar to theirs.

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The by far greater number of human beings are never aware of what is
passing around and within them and millions fall victims of disease and die
prematurely just on this account. The commonest, every-day occurrences appear to
them mysterious and inexplicable. One may feel a sudden wave of sadness and rack
his brain for an explanation, when he might have noticed that it was caused by a
cloud cutting off the rays of the sun. He may see the image of a friend dear to
him under conditions which he construes as very peculiar, when only shortly
before he has passed him in the street or seen his photograph somewhere. When he
loses a collar button, he fusses and swears for an hour, being unable to
visualise his previous actions and locate the object directly. Deficient
observation is merely a form of ignorance and responsible for the many morbid
notions and foolish ideas prevailing. There is not more than one out of every
ten persons who does not believe in telepathy and other psychic manifestations,
spiritualism and communion with the dead, and who would refuse to listen to
willing or unwilling deceivers?


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Our bodies are of similar construction and exposed to the same external forces. This results in
likeness of response and concordance of the general activities on which all our
social and other rules and laws are based. We are automata entirely controlled
by the forces of the medium, being tossed about like corks on the surface of the
water, but mistaking the resultant of the impulses from the outside for the free
will. The movements and other actions we perform are always life preservative
and though seemingly quite independent from one another, we are connected by
invisible links. So long as the organism is in perfect order, it responds
accurately to the agents that prompt it, but the moment that there is some
derangement in any individual, his self-preservative power is impaired.

Everybody understands, of course, that if one becomes deaf, has his eyes
weakened, or his limbs injured, the chances for his continued existence are
lessened. But this is also true, and perhaps more so, of certain defects in the
brain which drive the automaton, more or less, of that vital quality and cause
it to rush into destruction. A very sensitive and observant being, with his
highly developed mechanism all intact, and acting with precision in obedience to
the changing conditions of the environment, is endowed with a transcending
mechanical sense, enabling him to evade perils too subtle to be directly
perceived. When he comes in contact with others whose controlling organs are
radically faulty, that sense asserts itself and he feels the "cosmic" pain.


This is a post on another forum I read in a Google search, but I believe it describes Tesla, and in a lot of ways myself versus other people in the way we do things. Long post, but yeah...
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I'll tell you this much, there are people like Tesla in modern society but they are... controlled so-to-speak.
A super genius in modern society knows the harms that science can bring to the table for the general public.

Had Tesla been less infatuated with himself and displaying power (ironic?), he may have had a shot at a healthier career.


The reason he isn't heard too much about is because with logic one can only assume that out of the billions and billions of people that have lived from his time to ours, someone else is like him with similar capabilities.

Why astonish 5 people and scare 5,000?

Einstein wasn't able to scare people because he was a little more enlightened on society and knew what to do. Yet he theorized the atomic bomb and even gave the o-k to use it!
I don't know about you, but aren't atomic weapons frightening to anyone? Does it not scare you that something like that exists and other people have them, armed and ready to use?

Einstein practically hid behind the government, away from the public.
Tesla simply brought massive telsa coils to presentations displaying how he can create lightning!

Imagine being around at that time and some guy creates a lightning bolt that you believed could only be forged in the heavens?
Zero public support.

But society at that time was all for some dude chilling inside of his home creating a light bulb using hair. Because that was something they knew.
99% public support.

Tesla already invented florescent lights at that time!
He knew how to transfer power anywhere on the globe using the earth's vibrations. He knew exactly how to provide free electricity to the whole world -- without wires.
Why not today?
Money.


He theorized he could control the weather using radio waves and the ionosphere. Modern day HAARP project anyone?? (google it)

Tesla was basically a mastermind without knowledge of how society truly functions.

If I had a wish, it would be to meet Nikola Tesla.


For me anyway, I see so many parallels in Tesla and myself. Obviously, I'm not as high functioning in my ability to control my emotions like he was, or at least is recorded as being. That, and I'm not as talented as Tesla, either, but I still feel somewhat the same. Everyone sorta thought highly of me as a kid, as I was "so smart" but could never really do anything with it. Me, right now, is another big example, I have really specific goals I wanna do and aspirations and all that, but people want me to go to college? Why? I only want to accomplish my specific goals, and college just seems like a waste of time compared to things I'd like to invent or make, but college is socially acceptable and makes you look good and will get you a "career." Anyway, yeah, can anyone else relate to Nikola Tesla?



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Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:01 pm

It is a bit too long of a post to digest all at once, I will consider it :)


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Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:28 pm

Tesla had morbid fear of germs and used lots of clean towels to wipe his hands, he carried them wherever he went. Also, he advocated alternate current against Edison, even though he was the one who had to repair DC dynamos to Edison. I don't know if I'm actually right in these things, I read them long time ago. He definitely had much worse social skills than Edison, but many would agree that he was a genius even compared to him.


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Tue Nov 29, 2011 4:49 pm

Hmm, maybe. I need to read his bio to know for sure. I agree that he was a genius, ahead of his time, and very very interesting. I loved his personality more than anything.

The last part of that post you quoted was wrong. Einstein was against deployment of the bomb. He even wrote to the president to make him change his mind about launching it. He knew what devastation it would unleash. And there are so many more people that must be credited with masterminding the atom bomb. I don't remember Einstein being a member of the Manhattan project or even having security clearance.

Oppenheimer on the other hand had more to do with it than Einstein and Oppie really did seem to be on the spectrum. And guess who discovered black holes first? It was during WW2 so it got little attention.

Sorry, for going slightly off topic. It's a pet peeve of mine that everyone gives Einstein credit. Brilliant thinker but he didn't discover everything.


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Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:05 pm

after reading these quotes i sure can



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Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:10 pm

I've read his autobiography which is why I assume he'd be diagnosed autistic if he were around today.



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1000Knives wrote:
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In that first quote by Tesla, he seems to be saying that humans have lots of superstitions and misconceptions because they are bad at observing and remembering what goes on around them, and thus cannot connect cause to effect.

I'm not sure what he's saying in the second quote. There is some stuff about "no such thing as free will", then it concludes with something that sounds like "stupid people drive me nuts whenever they're around."

As for the forum post you got from Google, I haven't got a clue what he's trying to say. It's like a half-assed stream of thought.



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Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:00 pm

Tesla went crazy in his later years, and ended up selling his famous Tesla Cannon to pay for a hotel bill.



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Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:46 pm

Tesla never did have a good head for business.



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Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:48 pm

Fnord wrote:
Tesla never did have a good head for business.

Indeed, though he did receive the recognition of being the inventor of the radio (as apposed to Marconi) post-mortem.



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Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:21 pm

Makes no sense to me. What is your point?


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Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:54 pm

Magnus_Rex wrote:
Makes no sense to me. What is your point?

To revive the old "Was Tesla an Aspie?" meme.

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Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:57 pm

He was certainly something.



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Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:17 am

Fnord wrote:
To revive the old "Was Tesla an Aspie?" meme.

:roll:


Oh, that. Well, I have another hypothesis: was Tesla a time-traveller?


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