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Last posted Feb 26, 2012 at 11:09AM EST. Added Feb 16, 2012 at 01:20PM EST
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So, it’s been discussed various times in a number of threads that a fairly large number of the KYM regulars have Asperger Syndrome, I myself being one of them. In the last few days, a couple of us were saying it would be interesting to know more definitively who has it.

So, I started this thread in hopes that fellow “Aspies” would feel comfortable sharing in a specific location. For those who don’t know the specifics of the condition (it’s not a disease), you can of course read a bit about it on Wikipedia.

Anyway, to start off, I was thinking that users who have AS could post to this thread:
1) that they have AS, or suspect that they have it (if the latter, then why)
2) whether they were diagnosed by a general practitioner (family doctor) or some sort of specialist, such as a psychiatrist, or whatever else
3) any other psychological issues they have that might relate if they care to share them
4) their views on AS as it relates to society, this forum, or just their own life

Since I’m starting the thread, I might as well go first. (I’m not going to explicitly number as above, but respond however you feel to be appropriate.) I have Asperger’s Syndrome, albeit I am at the less severe end of the spectrum. I don’t tend to have particular difficulty socializing, only socializing well. I have a tendency to pepper conversations with random trivia, and steer them towards topics of my own personal interest. I was officially diagnosed in 2009 by a clinical psychologist, who at that time also diagnosed me with ADD. (I am not hyperactive; ADD comes in many forms as well, and the particular form I have tends to make me slow and lethargic.) I’m not aware of any major way AS is a problem for me; most of the quirks that I display that go with AS are things about myself I actually quite like.

Feb 16, 2012 at 01:20PM EST
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I got diagnosed with on the light side of the spectrum, but I wasn’t sure if Physiologist was just trying to pill me up or not, so I rejected the conclusion.

Feb 16, 2012 at 02:10PM EST

I wasn’t diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome but my parents and my new doctor think I may have it. I am diagnosed with ADHD and Tourettes though.

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Feb 16, 2012 at 02:15PM EST
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Also, I think I caught it from my dog around the age of 7.

Feb 16, 2012 at 02:29PM EST

Sweatie Killer wrote:

I got diagnosed with on the light side of the spectrum, but I wasn’t sure if Physiologist was just trying to pill me up or not, so I rejected the conclusion.

Um, every doctor I’ve talked to has said there’s no “pilling up” Asperger’s. One simply learns coping mechanisms if the condition is having a unwelcome effect on one’s life.

Feb 16, 2012 at 02:57PM EST
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Brucker wrote:

Um, every doctor I’ve talked to has said there’s no “pilling up” Asperger’s. One simply learns coping mechanisms if the condition is having a unwelcome effect on one’s life.

Precisely why I rejected it. I knew it was bullshit, but I was amazed at how my family pressured me to take the pills, simply because a professional told me to do so.

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Feb 16, 2012 at 02:59PM EST

Oh so you thought it’d be a good idea for this?

All it does to me is eliminates a sense of being unique on this site. (Yes I’m Autistic.)

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Feb 16, 2012 at 06:03PM EST
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Quantume Memé wrote:

Oh so you thought it’d be a good idea for this?

All it does to me is eliminates a sense of being unique on this site. (Yes I’m Autistic.)

You are unique and special, just like everyone else.

Feb 16, 2012 at 06:08PM EST

omgitsmr wrote:

You are unique and special, just like everyone else.

Indeed I am, I’m just saying that it gives a slight impression, though not a really true point.

Feb 16, 2012 at 06:10PM EST
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YAY!
A THREAD OF MY PEOPLE!

LET’S JOIN FORCES AND RULE THE PLANET!

Feb 16, 2012 at 06:11PM EST
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Ric Tesla wrote:

YAY!
A THREAD OF MY PEOPLE!

LET’S JOIN FORCES AND RULE THE PLANET!

Feb 16, 2012 at 06:13PM EST
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That feel when everybody has Aspergers except you.

Feb 16, 2012 at 06:15PM EST

Quantume Memé wrote:

I was planning on taking over the world with BSoD though…

So I can finally hunt down Slendy for what he did. ಠ_ಠ

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Feb 16, 2012 at 06:17PM EST
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I apologize to those who find this offensive.

P.S: I do not have Asperger.

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Feb 16, 2012 at 06:19PM EST
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Wsxdas, The Last Kramabender wrote:

That feel when everybody has Aspergers except you.

Feb 16, 2012 at 06:20PM EST

Anyway, ignoring all that:

I was diagnosed when I was very young, (who knows, 2?) and I’ve always known that I’ve had it and I’m 100% sure of it. But now, I’m starting to wonder, as I’ve managed to get through life understanding how the social world works with superb ease, and I’m wondering how my life will pan out later on, due to how I understand the world.

Feb 16, 2012 at 06:20PM EST
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I was planning on taking over the world with BSoD though…

Indeed, the same thing we do everyday Pinkie….TRY TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!

 

So anyway as I briefly alluded towards in that JJ thread:

When I was a kid I was apparently dead to the world. Or rather it was like the world and everyone in it did not exist to me. My parents thought I was deaf.

So I was taken to a medical clinic at age 4-5 or something, where a pediatrician gave me a couple psychological tests and IQ test to perform. They determined that my hearing is just fine but lo and behold: Asbergers. I was not diagnosed with anything else aside from a tendency to talk too fast

My state would have been described as the more serious kind when I was younger. The whole “world doesn’t exist” state is probably the worst form of AS you can get. But I managed to shake that as I got older and develop some social skills. It just took me much, much longer to do it than everyone else.

Now I’m a very mild AS. And people would not know if I had AS unless I told them. I don’t feel like it bothers me anymore but it does still result in some awkwardness sometimes (as it does for everyone else)


As for how AS relates to society, I read somewhere that AS could be developing as direct result of the technological age. Where dependency on social skills is less important but dependency on technological skills are greater…and Aspies make great nerds. But I won’t state that as a fact until I can dig up the original source.


Regarding how AS relates to KYM….no idea. It’s quite strange to me how we ended up with so many Aspies in one place. Then again, the condition is common and KYM has many users so it may just come down to mathematics and probability. One of the other forums I go to has at least 3 self described Aspies and that community is much, much smaller.

So how many do we have so far? 5?

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Feb 16, 2012 at 07:20PM EST
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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/30/opinion/the-dsms-troubled-revision.html?_r=1&scp=3&sq=aspergers%20dsm&st=cse

Sounds like they’re trying to change the definition of “Aspergers”.

So unfortunately, I might not count as one anymore.

Can’t determine if bad thing or good thing…

Feb 16, 2012 at 07:21PM EST
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@Millionaire

Lazy link

That first article was a bit confusing in relation to this topic but the one it references is a bit clearer.

It sounds like they want to make the definition of autism more specific in order to cut down on the 1 in 100 rate of autism diagnosis. That would certainly get rid of the fakers. In addition, if you have autism but it no longer has much serious impact on you then it sounds like the change of definition will render you normal (oh noes!). Those who are still seriously affected should still fit the definition.

However I can’t really conclude anything until I know exactly what the new definition is going to be. Neither article seems to point that out.

Feb 16, 2012 at 07:35PM EST
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I don’t actually think I have assburgers, just everything else.

Feb 16, 2012 at 07:51PM EST

Anyone here never been diagnosed but show symptoms besides me?

Feb 16, 2012 at 07:55PM EST
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I’m 15 and I have Aspergers syndrome. I was only recently diagnosed, but my parents and I always knew something wasn’t quite “normal” with me. It has caused me a lot of trouble in life, but also gives me some advantages.

For example, the fact that I think logically and not emotionally allows me to win in a majority if arguments where there are bystanders present, since the people listening in usually end up agreeing with me and not the other person.

… Not that anyone at school wanted to agree with me, since I am a socially awkward weirdo who never goes and does “normal” things with the other idiots at school.

I don’t go to parties, crowded places, or loud places because they make me extremely uncomfortable.

… But this means that I don’t end up doing stupid, reckless, and often illegal stuff with my peers.

I speak literally and understand literal speech

… But I have trouble with sarcasm. Only in the past year or two have I gotten to the point that I can tell if somebody is being sarcastic.

I am a great musician, being skilled with both Alto and Tenor saxophone, and even teaching myself a little bit of piano.

One thing that people consider “heartless” about me is my logical view towards humans. To put this in perspective, I do hate what Hitler did, and really wish it had never happened, but I strongly agree with his overall goal: genetically improving the human gene pool.

I also know that war is required to advance our species, I firmly believe in the sacrifice of the few for the good of the many (as a last resort), and I am fully capable of looking at people as nothing more than resources when it is appropriate to do so.

I currently do not believe in any religion, but I will gladly accept it if sufficient evidence is given to support it. I have trouble dealing with illogical people on my own, but if there are other people at least capable of listening to logic, I do fine.

I love computers. When functioning properly, they do the same thing every time, and are relatively easy to deal with.

On top of my Aspergers syndrome, I have an anxiety disorder. The two are a horrible combination, and I often completely crumble under stress or if my mind is suddenly brought away from a specific thing. I lock up, cannot form any full thoughts, and end up walking around in circles, tensing and relaxing my arm muscles at random intervals.

I know I went kind of off-topic with this, but I like to share things about me over the internet, where things like this are almost completely anonymous. Besides, this is a thread for things like this.

And you know what, I feel really good after typing all of this. Thank you very much for making this thread, Brucker.

Feb 16, 2012 at 09:30PM EST
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Sweatie Killer wrote:

Why not consider Schizoid?

I do got the schizo gene, my entire family has the gene..but my oldest brother actually has it and shows symptoms and I think my youngest sister might have it as well.. but only my older brother is the only person that is confirmed to be diagnosed with it. Also I got a chance of being diabetic too…my family has that gene also…my family history is filled with all sorts of disorders that mainly a mental issue…
I will tell me story of AS tomorrow, today I do not feel like it…I feel sleepy…

Feb 16, 2012 at 09:48PM EST
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i had a tough time in the lower grades because of this. they thought i had ADD until they gave me an series of tests or some crap (i was only a kid at the time so im not sure what exactly the tests were, but they involved a wide range of challenges including this thing with tiles where i had to remember where the matching ones were) that i dont really remember a lot about. so after that and after scoring higher on my EQAO’s then 94% of the children in my grade level for the entire TDSB they decided that i dont have ADD and that i am some kind of genius. after that they didnt know what to do with me and stuck me in behavioral class until they figured out what was wrong with me. by then though i was already in my first year of high school and they didnt really have the means to deal with me and left me to my own devices.

so far its gone well though.

Feb 16, 2012 at 09:49PM EST
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@Sting

To put this in perspective, I do hate what Hitler did, and really wish it had never happened, but I strongly agree with his overall goal: genetically improving the human gene pool.

See, these are the kind of things we say that piss people off without us ever realizing it. You didn’t realize it, but that could be sorely misinterpreted. Not that I’m pissed off. I’m just noting things here.

By the way there actually isn’t much to agree with that goal still since interfering with natural selection is terrible mistake to make. Not to mention the fact that Hitler picked the wrong target if he wanted a cleaner gene pool. Jews don’t have genes that are worse than anyone else’s and black people have a genetic advantage over white people (they are less likely to get skin cancer to name one).

Also we invoked Godwins law! HOORAY! This thread reached a milestone!


@Ric

Also I got a chance of being diabetic too…my family has that gene

You too? Dammit, that’s another similarity between us. Everyone with my mothers genes (including me) has a good chance of becoming diabetic and we have to lay off the sugar. We don’t handle fat and sugar very well in our gene pool. That’s why we are all skinny as hell.

If we keep finding similarities between us, Slendy will get jealous.

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Feb 16, 2012 at 10:06PM EST
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Hitler would be a saint if he stuck all the youtube commentators in a concentration camp.

Feb 16, 2012 at 10:16PM EST

Omomon wrote:

Anyone here never been diagnosed but show symptoms besides me?

I’ve been diagnosed with severe A.D.D and a learning disability and while I have quite afew AS symptoms as well, I’ve never really gotten it seen about.

Feb 16, 2012 at 11:15PM EST
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Personally, I haven’t been diagnosed nor do I think I lie on the autistic spectrum. I’ve been to a psychologist before on a couple of occasions, and he didn’t mention anything about it, but that was as an adult. The only special classes I’ve been in were for being “gifted.”
 
We played Minesweeper and The Oregon Trail mostly, lol education.
 
I’ve been able to read ever since I can remember (my parents and grandparents say since I was about 3.) I can really relate to being called “a little professor” though, like the Wikipedia article said, because of the way I spoke as a child and how I speak now. But I think that’s more due to my parents than any condition. Both of my parents have pleasant voices, and both are articulate speakers (led to an interest in broadcast journalism, radio specifically.)
 
Granted, I’m a bit awkward, but I feel as if that’s due to me being overly concerned with how people see me and not with having difficulty interpreting social cues. I don’t want to be a burden to people, but people are too nice to say when you’re getting on their nerves, so I focus more on gauging how they feel about me (not good for making friends.)

Despite that, I was in a lot of clubs and activities in school and college (many of which I didn’t feel awkward while doing) from football to choir to student council. I dated and stuff in high school and college. Since most of my experiences in social situations were pleasant and since people wanted to enter those interactions repeatedly without me asking first, I figured that I wasn’t offputting or anything. But I’m not sure about anything involving other people’s motives, so who knows.
 
 
Anywho, I find this thread really interesting. I’ve only had experiences with two people who I knew had Asperger’s: one was a roommate (not for long though, because he bugged the crap out of me) and one I know currently (who’s actually a pretty cool guy that I should go see more often, but the Internet is fun and spends less gas.)

I think it’s interesting how Asperger’s severity ranges so widely, but I find it more interesting how so many people with diagnosed Asperger’s play around right here on KYM. Some I could kinda guess, some had already said in previous threads, and some I never would have known. That might speak to my interest in human behavior and subcultures.

I think a couple of posters have talked a little about why that is, but I wonder if there is anything outside of memes that might attract people with Asperger’s. I think it’s just that interaction is much easier online than it is offline.

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Feb 16, 2012 at 11:47PM EST
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It makes me smile that people are willing to come out to their condition, and not care.

I, for one do not have Aspergers, but I respect people who are willing to come out and share it to a bunch of strangers.

Feb 17, 2012 at 12:23AM EST

Ric Tesla wrote:

I do got the schizo gene, my entire family has the gene..but my oldest brother actually has it and shows symptoms and I think my youngest sister might have it as well.. but only my older brother is the only person that is confirmed to be diagnosed with it. Also I got a chance of being diabetic too…my family has that gene also…my family history is filled with all sorts of disorders that mainly a mental issue…
I will tell me story of AS tomorrow, today I do not feel like it…I feel sleepy…

Well then I guess you are a

Sunglasses

21st Century Schizoid Man!

It is obvious I was joking.

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Feb 17, 2012 at 05:03AM EST
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Blue Screen (of Death) wrote:

@Sting

To put this in perspective, I do hate what Hitler did, and really wish it had never happened, but I strongly agree with his overall goal: genetically improving the human gene pool.

See, these are the kind of things we say that piss people off without us ever realizing it. You didn’t realize it, but that could be sorely misinterpreted. Not that I’m pissed off. I’m just noting things here.

By the way there actually isn’t much to agree with that goal still since interfering with natural selection is terrible mistake to make. Not to mention the fact that Hitler picked the wrong target if he wanted a cleaner gene pool. Jews don’t have genes that are worse than anyone else’s and black people have a genetic advantage over white people (they are less likely to get skin cancer to name one).

Also we invoked Godwins law! HOORAY! This thread reached a milestone!


@Ric

Also I got a chance of being diabetic too…my family has that gene

You too? Dammit, that’s another similarity between us. Everyone with my mothers genes (including me) has a good chance of becoming diabetic and we have to lay off the sugar. We don’t handle fat and sugar very well in our gene pool. That’s why we are all skinny as hell.

If we keep finding similarities between us, Slendy will get jealous.

1.) Holy crap, Godwins law. Woops o.o

2.) I wasn’t implying that Jews were inferior. I even stated that I hate how he went about doing it. I just liked the idea of improving the species as a whole.

Feb 17, 2012 at 09:30AM EST
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My people! I welcome you all to something something something… Yeah I dunno. But I’m an aspie, where do I sign up?

Feb 17, 2012 at 09:56AM EST

Great, now because of this thread the only thing we’re gonna talk about is Aspie pride for the next six months.

Feb 17, 2012 at 02:29PM EST

Brucker wrote:

Um, every doctor I’ve talked to has said there’s no “pilling up” Asperger’s. One simply learns coping mechanisms if the condition is having a unwelcome effect on one’s life.

Asperger therapy does typically include medication. Aspergers is not directly treatable via medication, but there are medications (think along the lines of anti-depressants, ADD pills) which can lessen the symptoms.

We have a surprisingly large amount of people with Aspergers here.
Personally, I’m neurotypical, so I’ll keep my interference in this discussion to a bare minimum. If I don’t understand, I shouldn’t talk.

Feb 17, 2012 at 04:10PM EST
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Sweatie Killer wrote:

Great, now because of this thread the only thing we’re gonna talk about is Aspie pride for the next six months.

ASPIE POWER!

Feb 17, 2012 at 04:18PM EST
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A good friend pointed out to me the symptoms of AS over a decade ago. In the begining I was offended and hurt being told I was ‘sick’ or ‘afflicted with’. But starting to read what it is, what it does, and how i makes you be and behave, it explaind a lot of my life and interactions in school and my own life.

Also the fact my son came out being high fuction Autistic (And thriving, thankyouverymuch!) convinced me I may indeed have a touch of that Aspie magic. Which at this point I see as a double edged sword that has advantages and disadvatages. At least it helps me to detect BS much earlier, and be able to bottom line/boil down everything to what it really matters.
Yet finely tuned social interactions are heck to decypher specially dealing with half truths, conspiracies, decit, intrigue, politics and extreme emotions.

But more than improving the genetic pool and not mingling with the fair sex, I have a distict feeling that perhaps this could be a form of evolution, where we deal more with the-world-as-is, data and facts, as opposed with emotional chaotic superlatives that have brought society, wars, conflicts, crime and strife. I am refering to the extremes of course. We all want a hug at the end of the day after all.

Feb 17, 2012 at 04:54PM EST
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PsiFlash wrote:

A good friend pointed out to me the symptoms of AS over a decade ago. In the begining I was offended and hurt being told I was ‘sick’ or ‘afflicted with’. But starting to read what it is, what it does, and how i makes you be and behave, it explaind a lot of my life and interactions in school and my own life.

Also the fact my son came out being high fuction Autistic (And thriving, thankyouverymuch!) convinced me I may indeed have a touch of that Aspie magic. Which at this point I see as a double edged sword that has advantages and disadvatages. At least it helps me to detect BS much earlier, and be able to bottom line/boil down everything to what it really matters.
Yet finely tuned social interactions are heck to decypher specially dealing with half truths, conspiracies, decit, intrigue, politics and extreme emotions.

But more than improving the genetic pool and not mingling with the fair sex, I have a distict feeling that perhaps this could be a form of evolution, where we deal more with the-world-as-is, data and facts, as opposed with emotional chaotic superlatives that have brought society, wars, conflicts, crime and strife. I am refering to the extremes of course. We all want a hug at the end of the day after all.

Holy crap, we’re the next step in human evolution!

HUZZAH!

Feb 17, 2012 at 05:13PM EST
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ConnerABacon wrote:

Holy crap, we’re the next step in human evolution!

HUZZAH!

This could be a good or bad thing though… I am unsure how but I am under the impression that the U.S. government might try to genetically engineer more kids with Asperger syndrome so they can have more scientists or people who have little to no social lives.

It’s just my conspiracy.

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Feb 17, 2012 at 05:15PM EST
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I thought I might have Aspergers for a while. Now I’m not so sure. I do have quite a lot of the symptoms:

  • I’m socially withdrawn, generally awkward, and have minor social anxiety. I hate all forms of parties or social gatherings, and always try to avoid interacting with anybody besides a few close friends.
  • I have seriously crap social skills. I can’t tell a joke to save my life, and even have difficulties with returning friendly greetings or saying ‘thank you’. I can’t give or receive praise whatsoever.
  • I’ve always had difficulty making friends, and always end up having just two or three close friends and a lot of acquaintances that, honestly, I don’t really care for.
  • I have a tendency to go on mad rants on topics that interest me even when it’s obvious that the listener isn’t interested (my parents learned a long time ago to never get me started on religion or physics).
  • I usually have very low empathy for others.
  • I’ve had speech difficulties for pretty much my entire life, but that’s probably an unrelated issue.
  • I have really terrible posture and used to have a strange walking pattern. I also have the worst handwriting ever witnessed by mankind (those are actual symptoms according to Wikipedia).

I told my parents that I suspected I might be an Aspie, but they told me I was just overanalysing things. My friends had roughly the same response when I told them. I can see where they’re coming from, since I know somebody who genuinely does have Aspergers (at least I think they do. I’ve never actually asked her but it’s pretty obvious) and I know for sure that I’m not that bad. If I do have it, I’ll be on the minor side of the spectrum, but I think it’s more likely that I’m just awkward and nerdy.

Anyways, it really wouldn’t bother me if I found out for certain that I did have it. It wouldn’t change how I live my life in the slightest. It would just give me one more label to assign to myself.


Ric wrote:

the U.S. government might try to genetically engineer more kids with Asperger syndrome so they can have more scientists

While I for one would approve of this change (more nerds = more fun times on the internets), I really can’t see that happening. Genetic modification of humans is an ethical minefield, and no government with sense would even consider it (I personally think that learning to control our own genetic destiny is one of the next big steps for humanity, but I don’t blame governments / scientific authorities for holding back).


For those saying that Aspergers is the next step in human evolution: Sorry, but you’re wrong. A greater ability to tackle logical problems is excellent if your goal is to make new discoveries, but it doesn’t help you to reproduce. Unless having Aspergers somehow makes you more likely to have kids (last time I checked, it doesn’t), it simply won’t spread throughout the gene pool.

Feb 17, 2012 at 05:41PM EST
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we could debate this for long time.personally i’ll just live the life i want to live.Yes i am diagnosed with light asperger(even if i don’t call myself an aspie).I just don’t mind much about this.I just seem to be socially akward (sometime lack of logic from the point view of the listener).I’m not the most empathic being on the planet but,i’m trying to work on that defect.Yes i’m someone who walk alone mostly of the time but I can talk to someone right in their eyes if i need to( I just seem to have a low voice sometime)

I’ve been a lot criticized in my past for what i was & the way I saw my own reality,I’m just saying that even if you have asperger,this willn’t stop you from being you and accomplish anything in your life.

You may just have to choose a different way to get to your personnal goal.If the other people don’t like it,they don’t have any word to say.I think normality is overated & people should be themself rather than be afraid of social standard.

Feb 17, 2012 at 06:39PM EST

@Algernon

Yea those do sound like typical Aspie traits, however I would advise everyone not to consider yourselves an Aspie until you are told you have it by a professional.

Until you get properly tested you cannot really draw the line between being an Aspie or just being a guy who is socially awkward but still normal in every respect

And yes, regarding Aspergers as evolutionary progress is wishful thinking. It is possible that Asbergers may be an adaption to a technologically reliant world that requires more technical thinking but it largely isn’t an improvement to the species at whole.

Feb 17, 2012 at 08:39PM EST
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What if an aspie developed social skills, and then turned into a schizoid when he got older?

Why is nobody talking about assburgers? Those things taste terrible.

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Feb 17, 2012 at 08:50PM EST

Blue Screen (of Death) wrote:

@Algernon

Yea those do sound like typical Aspie traits, however I would advise everyone not to consider yourselves an Aspie until you are told you have it by a professional.

Until you get properly tested you cannot really draw the line between being an Aspie or just being a guy who is socially awkward but still normal in every respect

And yes, regarding Aspergers as evolutionary progress is wishful thinking. It is possible that Asbergers may be an adaption to a technologically reliant world that requires more technical thinking but it largely isn’t an improvement to the species at whole.

If you think about it, being adapted to todays world is better than being adapted in relation to a more primitive world. It’s better to evolve to the environment as it is now and not what is blatantly “best”.

“Normal” people are better for “general survival”, such as in the wild or with social interactions. . People with Aspergers are better suited to the modern world, where logical thinking and mental ability are better traits than social ability and physical ability.

When robots take the place of all or most hard labor jobs (factory work, mining, transportation, etc.), it will be the logical and intelligent people that survive and pass on their genes.

F*** yeah, we’re adapting! Go humans!

Feb 17, 2012 at 09:20PM EST
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Algernon wrote:

I thought I might have Aspergers for a while. Now I’m not so sure. I do have quite a lot of the symptoms:

  • I’m socially withdrawn, generally awkward, and have minor social anxiety. I hate all forms of parties or social gatherings, and always try to avoid interacting with anybody besides a few close friends.
  • I have seriously crap social skills. I can’t tell a joke to save my life, and even have difficulties with returning friendly greetings or saying ‘thank you’. I can’t give or receive praise whatsoever.
  • I’ve always had difficulty making friends, and always end up having just two or three close friends and a lot of acquaintances that, honestly, I don’t really care for.
  • I have a tendency to go on mad rants on topics that interest me even when it’s obvious that the listener isn’t interested (my parents learned a long time ago to never get me started on religion or physics).
  • I usually have very low empathy for others.
  • I’ve had speech difficulties for pretty much my entire life, but that’s probably an unrelated issue.
  • I have really terrible posture and used to have a strange walking pattern. I also have the worst handwriting ever witnessed by mankind (those are actual symptoms according to Wikipedia).

I told my parents that I suspected I might be an Aspie, but they told me I was just overanalysing things. My friends had roughly the same response when I told them. I can see where they’re coming from, since I know somebody who genuinely does have Aspergers (at least I think they do. I’ve never actually asked her but it’s pretty obvious) and I know for sure that I’m not that bad. If I do have it, I’ll be on the minor side of the spectrum, but I think it’s more likely that I’m just awkward and nerdy.

Anyways, it really wouldn’t bother me if I found out for certain that I did have it. It wouldn’t change how I live my life in the slightest. It would just give me one more label to assign to myself.


Ric wrote:

the U.S. government might try to genetically engineer more kids with Asperger syndrome so they can have more scientists

While I for one would approve of this change (more nerds = more fun times on the internets), I really can’t see that happening. Genetic modification of humans is an ethical minefield, and no government with sense would even consider it (I personally think that learning to control our own genetic destiny is one of the next big steps for humanity, but I don’t blame governments / scientific authorities for holding back).


For those saying that Aspergers is the next step in human evolution: Sorry, but you’re wrong. A greater ability to tackle logical problems is excellent if your goal is to make new discoveries, but it doesn’t help you to reproduce. Unless having Aspergers somehow makes you more likely to have kids (last time I checked, it doesn’t), it simply won’t spread throughout the gene pool.

This man speaks the truth!

Feb 17, 2012 at 09:22PM EST
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ConnerABacon wrote:

If you think about it, being adapted to todays world is better than being adapted in relation to a more primitive world. It’s better to evolve to the environment as it is now and not what is blatantly “best”.

“Normal” people are better for “general survival”, such as in the wild or with social interactions. . People with Aspergers are better suited to the modern world, where logical thinking and mental ability are better traits than social ability and physical ability.

When robots take the place of all or most hard labor jobs (factory work, mining, transportation, etc.), it will be the logical and intelligent people that survive and pass on their genes.

F*** yeah, we’re adapting! Go humans!

But I want to integrate with the machine. :|
I always like to be part metal and start a new tree of life.

Feb 17, 2012 at 09:25PM EST
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Ric Tesla wrote:

But I want to integrate with the machine. :|
I always like to be part metal and start a new tree of life.

Well, cyborgism (Did I just invent a word!?) will be a viable option within the next decade. We already have robotic exoskeletons, we just need a power source that is light enough and has enough power to be carried on the exoskeleton and still supply enough power for it to run for a few hours.

Feb 17, 2012 at 09:48PM EST
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