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When Science Doesn't Count

Beethovens10th Wrote: Dec 20, 2012 5:10 PM
Designer do-it-yourself "syndromes" for every and any taste. Baloney. Character flaws don't exist anymore?

When the press reported that Adam Lanza had Asperger's syndrome (part of the autism spectrum disorders) and other unspecified personality problems, the autism community swung into action in a way that is totally understandable. The Associated Press' headline: “Experts: No Link Between Asperger's, Violence”

The vast majority of autistic people are not violent. Autistics like Temple Grandin, the professor who helped create humane strategies for the meat industry, remind us that many people with high-functioning also go on to live full, rich lives of value to themselves and others.

Grandin also reminded us that, for autistic people, “The principal emotion experienced...