Are we completely wrong about autism? Are we the abnormal ones?


I was home today with the TV on. It was Ingenious Minds day on the Science Channel. A majority of the people showcased on the shows hadAutistic Spectrum Disorder, or ASD. After watching/listening to several episodes, something occurred to me as I was making dinner, who is to say we are the ones with an abnormal brain? Historically speaking, it would be very unlikely for the majority of the population to be abnormal.

But what if this was looked at from a different perspective? The growing prevalence of diagnosed autistic children could be observed as a rapid evolution of the human. Let’s say Mother Nature’s evolution experiment with humans. I have written about autism elsewhere (here) and how much of this disorder is a huge question mark to researchers. Progress is being made with university PR departments and other ‘media’ proclaiming it is all just a intestinal flora imbalance and is curable. Evidence supports a link between gut bacteria and several disorders, but it is immature to call it case closed.

I am left looking at this as naivete on our part. The autistic are the abnormal ones because we don’t understand their physiology. I just hope our descendents don’t look back at us ashamed of our folly.

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3 thoughts on “Are we completely wrong about autism? Are we the abnormal ones?”

  1. First, “normal” is simply the historical median. It does not imply better or worse. Nevertheless, autism is not normal.

    Second, “evolution” is a long term change in the median. It also does not imply better or worse. You could argue that humanity is evolving to be heavier and more susceptible to diabetes. Maybe we are also are evolving to be more autistic. That doesn’t make it normal today.

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