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Is autism the result of human brains moving to the next step of neural connectivity? Is this evolution in action?

While watching the 60 Minutes show on the remarkable intellect of a young man who was, for a time, treated as autistic, I was struck with the idea that maybe the current epidemic of autism is due to selective breeding. Humans have evolved with a unique brain mass and neural connections that give them an intellect beyond that of other primates. To achieve our brains, there have no doubt been many instances of trial and error where greater intellect was selected for, and mistakes selected against.

Just as two tall people tend to have tall children, intelligent parents can have intelligent children. That intelligence can be considered to be both hard wired as well as acquired. Maybe the children of smart people with complex neural networks possess new nervous connections, pushing the evolution of the brain. The "mistakes" may be children for whom the nervous connections are not fortuitous while the new nervous connections that are good can create a child with a remarkable intellect....much like the profile on 60 Minutes.

Evolution means species are never static...this may be such an example.


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  • Jan 21 2012: Zared...do you have anything better to do, my friend? Causation is a means to an end and not everything has a cause and effect. Geek syndrome is generalized but look at the lists of people who had Aspergers Syndrome in the past.

    End of discussion
    • Jan 22 2012: Do you have anything better to do than actually think about what you are saying? If it is not a causation, then you cannot say what you are saying. You can only say that there is a correlation from the stance of what you are saying. You should probably watch http://www.ted.com/talks/ben_goldacre_battling_bad_science.html to understand my argument.

      Ending the discussion with an argument of people who had Aspergers Syndrome in the past is just not good enough. The list is automatically bias because they are recognized people with the condition.
      • Jan 22 2012: I already said my dues. Please read my message. Thank you.
        • Jan 22 2012: Your message describes nothing but irrational emotions that prove nothing.

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