I recently saw this video on YouTube about an octopus that mimics other marine life. Holy cow, it is so neat! Here it is for you. What do you think? Amazing, right?
So after I watched this, the wheels wouldn't stop turning. Here is this amazing animal using mimicking as a primary defense. And since I am always coming up with theories on autism, I instantly dove into one of my primary theories, that the brain is caught up in a series, nest, web of defense mechanisms starting at birth with the most basic reactions...you lay a baby down on a table and he cries because the brain senses a falling sensation. Poor water over a baby's head, the brain says, "You're drowning! Scream for all you're worth." So going with this, the rest of the stims, behaviors, quirks, common with people with autism are somehow related to the brain's dilegent and confusing attempt at defense. One of the most common stims? Mimicking! Also called echolalia. The octopus mimics other marine life to survive. Messages are being sent, data is being processed, and in all that, the octopus decides what animal to become. Despite my working "defense" theory, I hadn't considered my son's echolalia until I watched this short video, but wouldn't it be neat to compare the chemical reactions this amazing octopus experiences to those a person with autism experiences in the midst of mimicking? (Not compare in a way that endangers human or octopus)...Okay, so I'm nutty. I do this, theorize.
How about you all? Any nutty people out there with something to say? Crazy or not, Think Out Loud is for anyone to post anything! ANYTHING.