From: "Lisa Gardner"
Subject: Re: Scientists baffled by increase in autism
Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2002 19:05:34 GMT
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"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