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"Are you so safe in your assumption of personal sanity that you feel justified in diagnosing wholesale mental illness among the entire class of your political opponents? Not to put too fine a point on it, if you were fully sane and sober would you ever say such things?" - Loren

I've known Tele for a long time and I'm fairly certain he has Asperger's syndrome. He displays many of the signs for it. Asperger's syndrome is common among engineers. One of the signs of Asperger's is saying inappropriate things at inappropriate times which I myself suffer from.

Tele appears to lack empathy. His two most favorite things in the world are ham radios and accordions. He doesn't pick up on sarcasm or humor easily. He never gets bored talking about his favorite subjects and can go on and on with them.

And in all fairness I think I also have a touch of Asperger's. I have taken several online tests and I usually score in the mild Asperger's range.

Asperger's syndrome - symptoms

"Not pick up on social cues and may lack inborn social skills, such as being able to read others' body language, start or maintain a conversation, and take turns talking.

Dislike any changes in routines.

Appear to lack empathy.

Be unable to recognize subtle differences in speech tone, pitch, and accent that alter the meaning of others? speech. So your child may not understand a joke or may take a sarcastic comment literally. And his or her speech may be flat and hard to understand because it lacks tone, pitch, and accent.

Have a formal style of speaking that is advanced for his or her age. For example, the child may use the word "beckon" instead of "call" or the word "return" instead of "come back."

Avoid eye contact or stare at others.

Have unusual facial expressions or postures.

Be preoccupied with only one or few interests, which he or she may be very knowledgeable about. Many children with Asperger's syndrome are overly interested in parts of a whole or in unusual activities, such as designing houses, drawing highly detailed scenes, or studying astronomy. They may show an unusual interest in certain topics such as snakes, names of stars, or dinosaurs.

Talk a lot, usually about a favorite subject. One-sided conversations are common. Internal thoughts are often verbalized.

Have heightened sensitivity and become overstimulated by loud noises, lights, or strong tastes or textures. For more information about these symptoms, see sensory processing disorder."
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