Autistic Genius: Real or Imaginary?

I’ve run across a couple of other writers recently who’ve made efforts to debunk the notion of autistic genius, and since I’ve been one to lean heavily on the idea that “autistic intelligence,... [Read More]

on 11/20/09 | No Comments | Read More

Neurodiversity’s Neighboring Conditions

I’ve sometimes wondered what a theory of human personality and psychotherapeutic intervention would look like if contemporary psychodynamic theory was based on a theory of human evolution that embra... [Read More]

on 11/18/09 | 2 Comments | Read More

Rush to the Beginning

It has been observed that a human baby displays many of the characteristics of an embryo in the womb. The infant is unable to slumber longer in the dark or he or she would not be able to depart. Their... [Read More]

on 11/17/09 | 3 Comments | Read More

Neurodiversity Deep Sea Diving

We live in a society that believes that it is pragmatic to presuppose that consciousness is contingent upon evolutionary conditions that led to its emergence. Self awareness occurred by chance. Acad... [Read More]

on 11/16/09 | No Comments | Read More

Time for this Elephant to Leave this Circus

Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, and Limbo.  Those were the four big places to go. The weirdest of all was Limbo.  Limbo was where they sent unbaptized babies.  The reasoning was, “It wasn’t their faul... [Read More]

on 11/13/09 | 6 Comments | Read More

Abortion, Female Infanticide and Autism

Male control of the female body is a hallmark of a patrifocal society, the Right Wing and hierarchical societies. It is no mistake that the contemporary Republican Party has its roots in the anti-abor... [Read More]

on 11/11/09 | 2 Comments | Read More

Neurodiversity and Speech

A conundrum frequently reveals itself during my observations of left-handed people. An answer to this riddle seems to be connected to an understanding of how bridges, brain bridges, are made. Lefties ... [Read More]

on 11/9/09 | 4 Comments | Read More


There is a short story I read years ago that I’ve always remembered as a tiny masterpiece of irony.  It was set among what are sometimes called First Nations people, but viewed with a slightly diff... [Read More]

on 11/6/09 | 2 Comments | Read More

Autism’s Female

Autism researchers such as Simon Baron-Cohen have noted a pattern. The mother’s testosterone levels influence the likelihood of a child having autism. The higher the mother’s testosterone level, t... [Read More]

on 11/4/09 | 1 Comment | Read More

Neurodiversity, Neuropsychology and Evolution

In ancient cultures across the world, there are myths describing a time when women controlled society with a magic more powerful than men’s. These stories go on to describe that there is a loss of t... [Read More]

on 11/2/09 | No Comments | Read More

Autism Is As Autism Does

While the notion of Everyday Autism Everywhere is still in the air around here (welcome, William Stillman readers), I’d like to further expand some of the ideas Mr. Stillman and I have been floating... [Read More]

on 10/30/09 | No Comments | Read More

Minnesota Somali Autism

When I was a kid, my sisters and I would place a marble in the middle of the dining room linoleum floor and watch it begin rolling toward the hallway. Quickly, it would pick up speed, pass through the... [Read More]

on 10/29/09 | 51 Comments | Read More

Dancing Theory

A couple entries ago, I proposed a predictable display of variation of the physical features in the children of a family over time as a mother’s testosterone level slowly rose with age. This predict... [Read More]

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Idea Drawing

Georges Cuvier was an early French biologist, a contemporary of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck. Lamarck, unfortunately, died before Cuvier and ended up vilified in a famous eulogy by his younger, very influent... [Read More]

on 10/27/09 | No Comments | Read More


There was a cascade of insights and epiphanies that was set off for me from coming to the knowledge, at the age of 36, that both myself and a 7-year-old girl who later became my stepdaughter occupied ... [Read More]

on 10/23/09 | No Comments | Read More

Autism Family History

It could be said that it all begins in the womb. It is even deeper and more subtle than that. Autism researchers such as Simon Baron-Cohen are coming to the conclusion that a mother’s testosterone l... [Read More]

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Road Map

Autism expert Simon Baron-Cohen has a theory that the autistic male shows evidence of a brain that is too male for his own good, the autistic personality being male to the extreme, evidencing exaggera... [Read More]

on 10/20/09 | No Comments | Read More

Legends in Our Own Minds

There is a tribe of males more than a little infatuated with themselves and their own ideas. We’re often described as narcissists. Upon discovering I fit into this group, I was appalled, and predict... [Read More]

on 10/19/09 | 6 Comments | Read More

Grandma, They’re Not Santa Claus!

There’s a comic on XM Radio’s Canadian Comedy Channel who’s gotten good mileage out of his grandmother having told him that she does not believe in gay people.  He recounts going around and aro... [Read More]

on 10/16/09 | No Comments | Read More

Brains and Testicles

When I was exploring the possibility of a human genetic precursor that was random-handed with a larger brain encouraged by a song-and-dance-based matrifocal culture, I hypothesized that if representat... [Read More]

on 10/14/09 | 2 Comments | Read More

How to Speak Drakk

NightStorm is a 23-year-old Asperger-diagnosed autist, a watercolor artist and writer of original and fan fiction, a blogger and a lover of storytelling and role play. Like so very many others then, s... [Read More]

on 10/13/09 | No Comments | Read More

Notes on Three Dursleys

I THINK IN PICTURES. Words are like a second language to me.  I translate both spoken and written words into full-color movies, complete with sound, which run like a VCR tape in my head.  When someb... [Read More]

on 10/9/09 | No Comments | Read More


Four out of five of our last presidents were left-handers. Researcher Marian Annett hypothesizes that there is a gene for being right-handed and a gene for being nonhanded or random-handed. One could ... [Read More]

on 10/8/09 | 1 Comment | Read More

Politics and the Environment: Cause of Autism #3

A child exhibits characteristics from both parents. The parents’ features in their children can complement each other in ways that reinforce and even encourage specific maturational trajectories. Fo... [Read More]

on 10/7/09 | No Comments | Read More

Time Machine: Cause of Autism #2

Though little discussed, the ability to send our children back in time is an ability all of us have. This ability has to do with how we choose a mate. It has been estimated that our lineage of homo de... [Read More]

on 10/5/09 | 1 Comment | Read More

Still a Crowded Room

“Stick to the image” is perhaps the most concise advice one can come away with from James Hillman’s archetypal psychology.  When trying to see through to what is happening in a dream, or in an ... [Read More]

on 10/2/09 | 1 Comment | Read More

Revenge of the Nerd: Cause of Autism #1

There are many ways to kill a dragon. I counted several hundred strong-man dragon interventions in the almost one hundred books I read when I was snake-charmed by the subject. Courage, strength and cl... [Read More]

on 10/1/09 | 1 Comment | Read More

Everyone Has Autism

By William Stillman Reprinted with permission of the author for one-time usage only. Ever awaken in the middle of the night and realize your arm is “asleep” from the elbow down?  It is a common s... [Read More]

on 09/29/09 | 1 Comment | Read More

Superstition and Obsession

It crossed my mind awhile back that individuals with autism are less likely to be superstitious. This conclusion would also suggest that autistics are not magical thinkers. If this generalization has ... [Read More]

on 09/28/09 | 1 Comment | Read More

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