Link: Against ‘Against Autism Cures’

http://slatestarcodex.com/2015/10/12/against-against-autism-cures/

There are many fakes claiming mental illness then failing to need anything on the illness front. If you aren’t in need of medical attention, you aren’t ill and society should revoke your perks. Overdiagnosis aside, it’s becoming an absurdly common excuse to avoid anything they dislike. It’s like the conflation of irritation, annoyance and offence. Autism is one of those overly broad categories that shouldn’t be used anymore because it contains the entire spectrum (no not that one) of mild conditions, probably personality quirks or lack of skills, the proper illnesses that need a treatment plan but can get along and then the extreme cases, which cannot live or function in society and used to be killed on the quiet. Giving all those groups the same banner seems insane to me.

At least now we know the brain is part of the immune system, the true work can begin.

It’s an illness we cannot examine from the outside, because we have no idea what their inner world is like. All attempts have shown it up to be completely different to regular people, sometimes in a positive way (although you don’t have to be autistic to be a savant) but usually in the exact closed-off way that they cannot be reached. It would seem unfair to hold those people to arbitrary standards of psychiatric norm.

They’ve spent years trying to raise kids who were violent, self-injurious, locked in a sensory hell without the ability to explain their problems verbally, and maybe having seizures all the time to boot. Their decision to institutionalize is a reluctant concession to this reality.

It was one of the early arguments for abortion, that with certain conditions they would suffer too much in life. It’s kinda like a social locked-in syndrome. And the people who go on about ALL mental illness being faked/the psychiatry Scientology conspiracy, have never met them.

And maybe the best option is that somebody develops technology that can change your brain type during adulthood, so that everyone has the option of experiencing life as an autistic person and as a neurotypical person and seeing which is best for them. Invent something like that and the problem disappears.

Turning nerd for a moment that sounds to me like a mobile TMS unit.

And a lot depends on the genetic structure of autism. If autism is just the brain’s response to high mutational load, then trying to do most other good things will prevent autism as a side effect. On the other hand, if autism is the extreme version of a trait whose common version is “good at logical and scientific thinking”, then we have to ask ourselves whether that trait is worth messing with. As usual, everything about genetic engineering raises thorny scientific and ethical quandaries, and I can only hope we don’t drag our feet in creating the eight-foot-tall IQ 300 supermen who can solve them.

Good for individual vs. society. Could be the personality is just another layer on top of normality like high Mach sociopaths and the extreme cases only seem to mimic the personality since they’re restricted in other ways. Ironically, in a world cured of autism, nobody would be capable of answering such a conceptual question. Science would probably die.

The most disturbing part is that they don’t want the support of illness, but they want societal goodies and freebies for being ill. Seems like a con. Are you special? Are you normal? Which is it?

1. Be civil. 2. Be logical or fair. 3. Do not bore me.

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