Subject: Re: Scientists baffled by increase in autism
Organization: The Satyrikon
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NNTP-Posting-Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 07:38:37 EDT
Date: 22 Oct 2002 08:05:22 -0400
> "Satyr" wrote in message
> > Some researchers suspect the answer to the rise in autism is easily
> > explained: breeding. Highly functional autistics are nothing new,
> > in the past, they usually ended up in monasteries, or their
> > equivalents, academia. In our modern society, these kind of folks
> > often end up in the tech sector, and as high tech has become
> > and sexy, so have they. Now that they are reproducing, sometimes,
> > to increased mobility, even mating with those who share some of
> > autistic tendencies, the highly functional autistics are producing
> > autistic offspring.
> > It's still early days yet, but this seems to be the most promising
> > explanation.
> That's a good explanation, I haven't heard that before. It's baffled
> me a bit!
What little I know of the subject, I read in an article about
Asperger's syndrome, in "HotWired", Wired magazine's online edition.
They ran a feature on it late last year. If you go to their site, you
could probably find it---if interested, of course.
In the article, it was noted that this epidemic has first come to
light in Silicon Valley, precisely where one would expect. Apparently,
as part of the testing procedure, after a child was diagnosed the
parents were tested as well. The clinicians were surprised to find
that often one or both parents also displayed autistic traits.