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Thursday, September 10, 2015

AUTISM AND GENIUS

By the way, my next (sometime in the future) posting of THE VENUS SYNDROME will be an excerpt from my upcoming novel.  But today, I delve into a controversial subject dealing with your mind.  What do the following have in common?
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Albert Einstein
  • Nikola Tesla
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Lewis Carroll
  • Hans Christian Anderson
According to this website, they all had autism.  You can add:
  • Isaac Newton
  • Charles Darwin
  • Michelangelo
  • Henry Cavendish (discovered hydrogen)
  • Paul Dirac (Nobel laureate who formulated the Dirac Equation)

  • is a neurodevelopmental disorder that afflicts more than 20 million worldwide
  • occurs four to five times more in males than females
  • is more than one ailment, with Asperger's Syndrome as one example
  • ails one in 68 in the U.S.
  • has an indirect cost of $ 4 million/patient
  • symptoms become obvious by the age of three and there is no remission
    • as vaccines are given at that age, many parents feel that their child "caught" this disease from the shot, which has been proven not to be so
    • repetitive movement
    • compulsive behavior
    • resistance to change
    • ritualistic and restrictive behavior
    • self-injury
    • unusual eating habits
    • retarded social skills
  • seems sometimes linked to extreme talent
Think Raymond from Rain Man and Sheldon on the Big Bang Theory.  Prodigies, geniuses and autistic individuals all have a locus on chromosome 1, whatever that means.

Did you know that Susan Boyle has ASD?


If you somehow never saw her first audition on Britain's Got Talent, this could well be the most gratifyingly shocking seven minutes ever on television.

While 85% of autistic adults are unemployed, there is something about the link with the gifted, that someday, neuroscience will be able to tap the channel to genius.  It is said all of the following individuals has some form of ASD.    


Where would our society be without the contribution of Einstein, Mozart and all those others with autism spectrum disorder?  Where will humanity go when someday everyone will be an uber-genius?

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