And he recently noticed that our Set deck was missing exactly one of its 81 cards. Since he's autistic, it's no surprise that he deduced, in no time, exactly which combination of shape, color, number, and filling this card had.
Much more surprising was that he succeeded, all by himself, in getting the Set company to send him a replacement.
First he tracked down their website and found a contact person. Then he sent them the following email message:
Subject: Lost card
I have lost a set card. It is 2 purple unshaded, unstriped ovals. Please get me new one. My address is [exact address, properly formatted, complete with zip.]
After receiving back the following reply:
Dear Mr. ,
Please send us a self-addressed stamped envelope with a note stating which card you've lost and we'll be happy to mail it to you with 24-48 hours of receiving your mail.
He tracked down an envelope, put his address and a stamp on it (expressing great enthusiasm for the concept of a self-addressed, stamped envelope), and inserted it into another envelop along with the following message:
He received the card in the mail a few days later.
This site uses left-brain and right-brainnot as physiological terms for the actual left and right hemispheres of the brain, but as they are employed in the everyday vernacular. They appear here in the same spirit in which people use type A and type B (themselves the relics of a debunked theory about blood type and character type): an informal shorthand for certain bundles of personality traits.