From: Indrid Cold
Subject: Re: Scientists baffled by increase in autism
Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2002 13:01:52 -0700
Lisa Gardner wrote:
> Charles D. Boner wrote:
> you should allow "ingmar bergman" a system update
> > > Satyr wrote:
> > > > firstname.lastname@example.org (Pontifex Maximus) writes:
> > > > Scientists baffled by increase in autism
> > > > http://news.independent.co.uk/world/science_medical/story.jsp?story=344227
> > > > By Andrew Johnson
> > > > 20 October 2002
> > >
> > > Some researchers suspect the answer to the rise in autism is easily
> > > explained: breeding. Highly functional autistics are nothing new, but
> > > in the past, they usually ended up in monasteries, or their functional
> > > equivalents, academia. In our modern society, these kind of folks
> > > often end up in the tech sector, and as high tech has become lucrative
> > > and sexy, so have they. Now that they are reproducing, sometimes, due
> > > to increased mobility, even mating with those who share some of their
> > > 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.
> > 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
So are you blaming the parents?! (*)
[From: Overview of Autism by Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.]
Major characteristics: http://www.autism.org/overview.html
"Many autistic infants are different from birth. Two common
characteristics they may exhibit include arching their back
away from their caregiver to avoid physical contact and
failing to anticipate being picked up (i.e., becoming limp).
As infants, they are often described as either passive or
overly agitated babies. A passive baby refers to one who
is quiet most of the time making little, if any, demands on
his/her parents. An overly agitated baby refers to an infant
who cries a great deal, sometimes non-stop, during his/her
waking hours. During infancy, many begin to rock and/or
bang their head against the crib; but this is not always
"In the first few years of life, some autistic toddlers reach
developmental milestones, such as talking, crawling, and
walking, much earlier than the average child; whereas others
are considerably delayed. Approximately one-half of autistic
children develop normally until somewhere between 1 1/2 to 3
years of age; then autistic symptoms begin to emerge. These
individuals are often referred to as having 'regressive'
autism. Some people in the field believe that candida
albicans, vaccinations, exposure to a virus, or the onset of
seizures may be responsible for this regression. It is also
thought that some children with 'regressive' autism may have
"During childhood, autistic children may fall behind their
same-aged peers in the areas of communication, social skills,
and cognition. In addition, dysfunctional behaviors may start
to appear, such as self-stimulatory behaviors (i.e.,
repetitive, non-goal directed behavior, such as rocking,
hand-flapping), self-injury (e.g., hand-biting, headbanging),
sleeping and eating problems, poor eye contact, insensitivity
to pain, hyper-/hypo-activity, and attention deficits.
"One characteristic which is quite common in autism is the
individual's ‘insistence on sameness’ or 'perseverative'
behavior. Many children become overly insistent on routines;
if one is changed, even slightly, the child may become upset
and tantrum. Some common examples are: drinking and/or
eating the same food items at every meal, wearing certain
clothing or insisting that others wear the same clothes, and
going to school using the same route. One possible reason
for ‘insistence on sameness’ may be the person's inability
to understand and cope with novel situations." [Cont...
(*)"The number one killer in the world today is not cancer
<> or heart disease; it is repression. There is almost no
<> disease, mental or physical, without repression.
<> Repression is the hidden force behind illness".
<> -- A. Janov http://www.primaltherapy.com
<> "There is one neurosis -
<> many manifestations -
<> and one cure... feeling".
<> "Feeling pain is the end of suffering".
<> "... Once connected to real events and real
<> scenes in the past it is no longer anxiety; it is
<> consciously integrated deep memory.'" [...]
<> -- Dr. Arthur Janov From: http://www.primaltherapy.com
<> "... And as I will show, it helps explain how it's
<> possible for us to be 'unconscious' of memories which affect
<> us for a lifetime..."
<> See also Paul Maclean's Triune Brain
THE ILLUMINATI DO NOT EXIST
* Do Not Believe Everything You Read *
~ "... What was said was that culture is the shockwave of
~ eschatology. Nothing is unannounced. This is like a weird
~ quality of experience, you can't learn this from physics
~ or economics. (Maybe you can learn it from economics.)
~ Nothing is unannounced. Everything is preceded by the
~ shockwave of its coming. So somehow the spreading zaniness
~ of reality is part of the boundary-dissolving qualities
~ that are going to make up this new cultural mix of
~ disembodied human beings, nanotechnologically-maintained
~ environments, dissolved self-definitions, people living
~ at many levels at the same time; intelligence as a kind of
~ free-flowing nonlocal resource that comes and goes as
~ needed; prosthesis, implant, boundary dissolution -- these
~ things are usually presented as fairly terrifying. But in
~ fact I think behind it all lurks, you know, the demons who
~ do calisthenics in the angles of every room on this planet
~ to keep it all from collapsing into a flat line."
~ Terence McKenna
~ Live at Wetlands Preserve, NYC
~ July 28, 1998
"Our Conscious Mind Could Be An Electromagnetic Field."
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Basic Information (See also Schizoaffected)
"Astronomers detect the Universal web"
"Vast filaments of hot gas tracing
the web of dark matter that underpins
the large-scale structure of the Universe
have been seen for the first time.
<> <> " 'The discovery confirms the existence
<> <> of an extremely large fraction of the
<> <> mass of the Universe,' says Robert Warwick
<> <> at the University of Leicester. This is
<> <> 'extremely important', because 90 per cent
<> <> of the matter believed to exist in the
<> <> Universe has never been seen - the so-called
<> <> 'dark matter'." (((((Continued)))))
<> <> http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99992624
<> why is that so important? it wont take away or add a particle anyway,
<> its there whatever is there, whether we see it or not. hehe, feeling
<> ticklish today, :)
Well, it's important 'cuz there might be more happy, shiny
obsidian joy joy ebony amusement park rides there, uh huh:
Or vice versa.
The Eight Basic Winner Scripts
The Schizophrenia Help Home Page
The Mother of all Black Holes:
Yes, and you can't escape it by closing your eyes either,
as your whole 'being' is thrust into a powerful spotlight
where every photon is a gently tugging, beaming consciousness;
searing traumatically a heightened essence at work on your
subjective optical/emotional/cognitive space. It's an
unwavering, unflinching wake-up call to the brain.
Reality is infinite, and sometimes untenable, during &
afterwards, upon return to the so-called mundane plane
of existence, looping, inextricably bound by gravitational
forces. We should, could, maybe, love each other a bit
more as we're surrounded by strangeness imbedded in
a whirling biosphere of fellow travelers.
Heading either Somewhere new, or Nowhere...
"Daniel Ellsberg" email@example.com http://www.Ellsberg.net
"Our Conscious Mind Could Be An Electromagnetic Field."
"There was something that freaked you, or more likely
a whole series of ideas that you were unwilling to
conceive of or love, so that gradually your vibrations
dropped to a mass level, and you found yourself being
a body. But there's nothing holding you down to a mass
level, regardless of all your experiences of being
pushed and pulled by other masses, by energy, and by
space. It's your own ignorance, your density, that
makes it possible for you to be pushed. You can't feel
pain until you're stupid. Pain is the experience of
not being able to get into the same space with others."
The Lazy Man's Guide To Enlightenment by Thaddeus Golas,
1972 Chpt. 5 'How we got here'
"Does Free will exist?"