The illusion of logic comes largely from a human behaviour that we are all hardwired to engage in. Maybe it’s from evolution or maybe it’s from something else. Whatever the cause, human beings have this behaviour hardwired from birth known as comparative thinking, comparative hardwiring.

When one say’s “that’s logical” what one is really saying, without realizing it is, “that makes sense to me based on the way I think.” An example of comparative thinking can be found all around us in the world we live in. Businesses have spent billions on research into what makes a human being decide to purchase an item and all of that research led to the same conclusion, showing how human beings think by comparison, comparison feels logical.

Take for example the menu of your favourite fast food chain. That menu has been tirelessly developed to lead you to make a decision that said franchise encourages. If I asked you “what is the cost of a hamburger at McDonald’s?” What would your answer be? If I then asked you, “What is the price of a big mac?” You’d likely say that a big mac cost more money. Why? You might insist that a big mac has two meat patties so the cost is LOGICALLY higher. However to the franchise the cost of producing another meat patty is negligible, to the point of a few cents. They charge dollars more for a big mac only because they know that human beings think comparatively and expect higher prices because they perceive such a thing to “make sense” or seem logical.

This notion of comparative thinking leads to the illusion of logic. A hatch back vehicle that is old costs less than a hatchback that is new. Why? They are both working well, what makes a new car more evaluable than an old car? New cars break down just as often as old cars. Sometimes new cars break down even more often than new cars. That’s the reason for manufacturer recalls. It is only our human nature of thinking by comparison that, with a subtle nudge in any one direction, leads us to think that new is better and old is therefore less valuable.

Neural divergence shows us just how much the illusion of logic is just an illusion. An untold number of neural divergent children throughout history have been condemned, institutionalized, written off as beyond reach. This was because those children didn’t speak when they should have been able to, a judgement made by comparing those children to neural typical peers that could talk. It was because those children didn’t play the way their neural typical peers played. Again established by comparing their play to the type of play that their neural typical peers engaged in. All based on comparative thinking that led people to “logically” conclude that such children were beyond hope and not worth the effort it would take to help them grow.

Yet such children that were late to speak and irregular in play, among many other differences, grew to achieve incredible things. Some of those children became adults that gave us things like computers, internet, science (literally, the scientific method was established by an autistic man named Henry Cavendish), nuclear power, art that changed nations and cultures, paradigm shifting discoveries and so on. The list is endless.

It is as important to understand that logic is an illusion, born by comparative thinking among human beings, as it is to understand that emotions are not logical.

Of course emotions can’t be logical because there is really no such thing as logic, only comparative thinking that “feels logical.” Don’t fall into the trap of trying to make sense of someone else’s emotions exactly because emotions are not logical. Those of us on the autism spectrum, like myself, have emotions unique to us. We have experiences unique to us. They needn’t make sense to everyone or anyone because what makes sense to any one person is merely established by comparison to another person. I shouldn’t have to write it but I will. Neural divergent people can’t be compared to anyone. We can’t even wholly be compared to other neural divergent people. It is this inability to predictably compare our behaviour with any degree of accuracy that leads others to assert that we are strange.

We aren’t strange, we just don’t have many points that others can compare us to in order to feel comfortable, and that absence of “logic” leads to frustration. Everyone can be frustrating at times, that doesn’t make a person less valuable.

Remember that emotions are not logical, because logic doesn’t actually exist. Autistic people, however, do exist and we are pretty awesome