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Out of mind

By Paul Broks   November 2002

The bald head swivels. The voice honks like a klaxon across the senior common room. “I never make mistakes.” There is a rustling of newspapers and clearing of throats. Martin has superior intelligence-my tests confirm it, and he holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering-but he happens to be autistic and has a problem with volume control. Is that a reason to bar him from the SCR? No. We’ll enjoy our coffee.

He’s been doing one of his party pieces: calendar calculation. Martin can give you the day of the week for any date you care to mention, and he’s…

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