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Subject: Re: Poll: Totally OT: Asperger's Syndrome Date: 11/19/2012 9:37 PM
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I'm really not surprised that Aspergers fall more heavily towards those with a scientific/mathematical bent.

I grew up with the "environmental influence" model in my head, believing that those of scientific/math bent who have a hard time "connecting" and "understanding" people are such because they studied too much, getting good grades, and spent little time developing their social skills. That may true to a certain extent, but it appears that the driver behind this is genetic, not the environment....although the environment initially carved out by the genetic tendencies can obviously reinforce the natural tendency. That's the reason the stereotype of the socially awkward engineer seems to flourish. It's true, generally.


I suppose it could be genetic, but as I understand it, autism has been on the rise in recent decades. If it is truly on the rise (and not just a result of increased diagnosis), then I doubt it is because of genetics. My guess is that the rise would be from environmental influences. However, it would be some kind of *physical* environmental influence on the structure of our brains rather than a *social* environmental influence on the development of our personalities.
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