April 11, 2007
Claims that no autistic people do X are generally false, for all X.
The key is that each of the symptoms people have mentioned are signs that a child might be autistic. If a child points to show things off, that’s a
non-autistic behaviour, indicating that the child is aware that other people don’t know everything he knows, and might have an interest in something he can
see. It’s one of the earliest autism-specific indicator I’ve heard of, but as with all the other signs, it’s not a diagnosis in itself.
I’ve also met a fair amount of people diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome who strictly speaking meet the criteria for Autistic “Disorder”. (For some reason they avoided Asperger’s completely with me when trying not to “label” me, and stuck with PDD-NOS. But I could easily see them having gone with Asperger’s if they’d been different doctors.)
April 11, 2007
Mammalian capacity for nurture seems to be the root from which we perhaps gained a rising sense of ‘better or worse’…ergo, right and wrong. I argue this rising ‘sense’ in us has promoted a developing ’empathy’, whereupon, we can guage our actions by the question, ‘If it was being done to ME’.
We have honed our survivalist ‘fearfulness’ into caring emotion for our offspring and young in general. And then…we have taken this ‘beyond’, translating our capacity to care beyond self and to the abstractions of our existence here. God is just an abstraction to me; a concentrate of sorts,
whereby a symbol of this caring is held to resolve all objects and abstractions as a ‘single’ thing and much as a parent would their young, to refine this capacity as a ‘thing’ in itself [an object of BEing].
I argue that it is in this ‘concentrated’ measure of nurture…what some call ‘love’ [but respondent to abstractions beyond self]…was our foundation of vison from which morality evolved. Reason that follows what remains a developing ‘sense’ in us, is not always so clear (we must apply this capacity to situational logic, which is often too complex for simple universal rules), and as I mentioned before, our brains profoundly capable of rationalization.