Neurotypicals label fact-based thinking “black & white thinking,” because neurotypicals don’t believe that facts are facts.
Asperger individuals are ‘put down’ for responding to the environment as if it were a literal place (it is) and we are accused by social typicals of black and white thinking. Black and White Thinking, as used by social humans, means that they react to the factual basis of reality as a type of “cheating” because they don’t accept facts as facts. Facts are devoid of nuance, imagination or optimism. That is, facts cannot be “made up” to invent personal universes. Aspergers are fact-oriented. The universe we inhabit is a literal universe. Physical limits and relationships do exist and can be described and predicted mathematically. Social humans don’t like this truth (that facts exist) one bit, so a dislike of Asperger individuals is a case of Kill the Messenger.
Social humans believe that the manmade “social” environment is all that exists and there is a general ignorance of the restrictions and consequences of natural forces, or that humans are subject, like it or not, to the Laws of Nature. Facts and ‘yes or no’ situations don’t exist for neotenic social people. There is always a way around a problem: everything is negotiable; denial and outright lies subvert reality.
Social humans spend enormous time and energy on attempts to avoid reality; the mirage of negotiability is an essential tool used in denial. Hope, optimism, and prayer, and recently, New Age ‘psychic’ methods and bogus health schemes are sold to anxious people who can’t resist exempting themselves from being a real live human being by having a special relationship with a higher magical power (big parent.) In the United States, the firm belief that power can be obtained by imitative magic (purchasing knock offs worn by celebrities, and adopting their narcissistic behavior) has become necessary to the economy.
A mirage that universal limits and laws are negotiable seems to placate neurotypicals. Many Christians believe that they have a direct line to Mr. Negotiator-for-Jehovah, Jesus – who can now be reached by smart phone Apps.
This is the social environment; conditions are uncertain and stressful. Asperger people, not being socially indoctrinated, accept facts and find social machinations a waste of human potential, because they are. What social people denigrate as black and white thinking is rational fact-based thinking, using a science-based wealth of knowledge and common sense. The universe is infinitely more simple, beautiful and complex than social humans can imagine. Too bad that they don’t know what they are missing.