Chapter 79 opens in the family’s kitchen. Christopher’s father confronts him about the ongoing investigation, and forbids Christopher to continue. His father is emotional and frustrated, met by Christopher’s detached assessment of the facts. Christopher makes statements intended to appease his father and end the conversation, without the intention to compromise. As Christopher’s dad accuses him of continuing the forbidden investigation, Christopher is seemingly disconnected from his father’s emotion. This is not to say he is disengaged; however, he is over-attentive to the details of the room, his food, and his own thoughts. When working with children on the spectrum or with sensory processing needs, it is important to understand how they see the world. When the brain does not effectively filter out extraneous noise or sensory stimuli, the “meaningless details” can overwhelm and distract from the communication attempted by others. Chapter 83 begins with Christopher opining about his desire to be an astronaut. He speaks to the appealing nature of the job- the social isolation that would be terrifying to some is comforting to him. The tight spaces, the machinery, and the isolation would be predictable and routine. Navigating the depths of space is less intimidating to Christopher than navigating social interactions with others. As he mentions earlier in the book, he appreciates “prime numbers because it is what exists after you have taken all the patterns away. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them.” Students with social communication deficits sometimes live in a world where the patterns of communication and social interaction seem indecipherable, and as a result, are most comfortable seeking interaction with objects. It makes them feel safe and in control, in a world that may feel intimidatingly unpredictable.