Wednesday, August 16, 2006

BBC NEWS | Health | Autism 'affects all of the brain'

BBC NEWS | Health | Autism 'affects all of the brain'

It' s research conclusions like this that make me want to bang my head against the wall... chanting in 4/4 aspie rhythm:

"They. Pay. People. To. Do. This."

On the other hand, the aspies doing the research may well privately email to tell me that studies like these are an indignity they must endure in order to convince people too stupid to be WORTHY of tying their shoelaces to continue funding the actual research that's going on.

By the way - the trick is not teaching an aspie to tie his shoes; it's convincing the aspie that wearing such uncomfortable and inconvenient contraptions is worthwhile, when simple noncompliance will get you slippers or velcro slippers.

By the way, as reported, this study does not "prove" faulty wiring between areas of the brain. It does not even suggest that. All it suggests is that those areas of the brain pass informaton based on different criteria.

Why? I dunno. But if you consider thinking of it as a "disorder" when clearly so very many of the very smartest and intellectually productive people in the history of the world show every evidence of having such traits, "curing it" might not be such a brilliant idea. It could amount to the species blowing it's brains out.

Professor Simon Baron Cohen, head of the Autism Research Centre in Cambridge, said: "This new study is important in highlighting atypical functioning in both social and non-social domains, by people with autism spectrum conditions.

Goddes forbid that atypical function be permitted, much less condoned!

But as my Psych 101 teacher informed me - "Function" is the key word. Put anyone in a context they cannot handle, and they will cease to function. The trick is to have as broad a range of contexts as possible - and the sense to avoid those that you cannot, all the "shoulds" and "musts" in the world be damned.

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