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When Science Doesn't Count

MarcoD2012 Wrote: Dec 20, 2012 3:56 PM
99.999% of violent crimes are committed by non-autistic people. Shall we fence eveybody in? Forest for the trees logic.
Joseph64 Wrote: Dec 21, 2012 5:40 AM
The non-autistic people who commit violent crimes usually have other problems that would warrant getting them medical attention.
Carl469 Wrote: Dec 20, 2012 9:08 PM
Where did you derive this statistic?
Terminus in WA Wrote: Dec 20, 2012 4:18 PM
I would also add that in recent years, it has been fairly common to rush to categorize children with autism or AS w/o even meeting the diagnostic criteria (see Sowell: http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2008/07/16/autism_cures/page/full/). It is quite possible in my estimation that the children of whom Maggie speaks do not have AS, or they have an additional psych diagnosis that has been undiscovered.

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...