From: "People's Commissar"
Subject: Re: Scientists baffled by increase in autism
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2002 05:54:40 -0400
Organization: Posted via Supernews, http://www.supernews.com
HEY, how ya doing?
Great sarcasm here - it was hilarious!
"Lisa Gardner" wrote in message
> "Pontifex Maximus" wrote in message
> > Scientists baffled by increase in autism
> > By Andrew Johnson
> > 20 October 2002
> > The dramatic increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism
> > over the last five years could be due to environmental factors, a new
> > study suggests.
> > Researchers from the University of California found that a 287 per cent
> > rise in the condition there could not be explained by increased aware-
> > ness or better methods of diagnosis, as first suspected.
> > Instead, scientists believe children may be born with a genetic
> > predisposition to autism which is triggered by an unknown external
> > factor. [...]
> I love that. 'An unknown external factor'.
> "We've gone looking for this 'unknown external factor everywhere'.
> We have torn apart the brains of mice, we've experimented on cats,
> we've had children come into our labs for behavioral experiments,
> we've done *so* much. We have all of these concrete statistics,
> and we are doing all of our science in *the most objective way
> possible* - we aren't letting our *feelings* interfere with it or anything
> like that, *god*, no.
> *Allowing feelings to enter into our research of autism or our treatment
> of it just wouldn't be real science*, you know. We don't want those
> watery *feelings* messing thing up, after all."
> "I mean, this is *serious stuff*, this research into why so many
> children are being born with the seeming inability to relate to
> the emotions of others, to feel emotions, or to understand emotions!!
> We simply *can't* let the feeling of emotions get into our research
> on the subject! Those messy emotions just simply *cloud everything
> Lisa Agnes Gardner