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Mephistopheles

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#111 13 years ago
Nemmerle;4061572In order to evolve as compared to just mutation it generally has to be an adaptive behaviour, IE aid reproduction. Or at least not inhibit it to any great degree.

Many Aspergerians can easily adapt to scientific professions and are very good at it. Even Einstein and Newton are Asperger suspects (BBC NEWS | Health | Einstein and Newton 'had autism').

Most Aspergerians can easily communicate with other Aspergerians because they speak the "same language". The main problem for Aspergerians is to interact with NTs (neurological typical (= "normal") people without Asperger syndrome).

The most famous "breeding place" for Aspergerians is Silicon Valley. Many children there are Aspergerians.

ADHD and autism are probably the result of mutation and maybe even genetically related. But I also doubt that these mutations will lead to a new "homo aspergerus".

In fact, I think that people with autism and ADHD have some weaknesses but also certain strengths. I just wish that neurological typical people would learn to accept us as we are.

The problem is that many NTs don't know much about autism / ADHD. Hell, some Aspergerians don't even know that they are Aspergerians or are only/wrongly diagnosed with ADHD.




Nemmerle Advanced Member

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#112 13 years ago

The most adaptive behaviour at the moment is to live of the state and start shooting out children by the time you're fifteen. Intelligent and scientific people in the current system aren't the ones who are going to have the dominant genes.




Mephistopheles

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#113 13 years ago

I think I cannot argue against that :).




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#114 13 years ago
to live of the state and start shooting out children by the time you're fifteen.

What does that mean?




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#115 13 years ago
Archmage Cleps;4062305What does that mean?
  • To live of the state: To live by the virtue of the state, on other people's money, the welfare state providing for you.
  • Start shooting out children by the time you're fifteen: Start having children by the time you're fifteen and have a great number.

That's an adaptive behaviour for you. You maximise the number of people with your genes for the minimum cost to yourself. Ironically it's also one that the state rewards by making young people with children more likely to be assigned state funded housing and other benefits. Smart people by contrast tend to have relatively few children, some of them not even propagating the breeding pair. It's a numbers game, and intelligent people aren't in the winning team at the moment. For autistics it's even worse since the number of potential autistic breeding partners is relatively small.




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#116 13 years ago

Also welfare tends to be dependent partly on the number of children you have. And I'm glad that someone thinks pragmatically about this, I thought I was the only one.




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#117 13 years ago
Nemmerle;4062317For autistics it's even worse since the number of potential autistic breeding partners is relatively small.

True, but my last girlfriend and my current one have been non-autistic women accepting my quite "eccentric" behaviour. Nevertheless, marriage and kids will have to wait.