I have been waiting on peer reviewed data from studies conducted by a few scientists dedicated to autism research and have been getting a bit restless waiting on these reports I’ve requested. So, I will briefly start this venture with a few personal thoughts about people with autism and the extraordinary contributions they have made in different areas in the scientific world including research in autism of course, but a wide range of studies which should also include the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, astrophysics, astrobiology, and anything related to space exploration and/or technology.
But Mr. Riddles? Aren’t there already autistic people in these fields of study already?
Yes, but not as nearly enough as there should be!
Now turn your attention to a few quotes I picked up from a few articles I’ve read to give you an idea why. And after that, I will begin to make my case why these reasons are ridiculous and hopefully in the next few days coming I will have the hard data I’ve been looking for and show you.
First, here’s a paragraph taken from an article I posted a couple days ago:
Then this one I found a but upsetting:
These autistic scientists hope they will eventually become a major force in autism research. But obstacles to their academic success abound, from sensory overload at conferences to difficulties communicating with colleagues. Researchers may dismiss autistic scientists as ‘too autistic’ to produce quality science or, conversely, ‘not autistic enough’ for their insights to be useful.
Too autistic? Not autistic enough?
Sounds like a copout to me. But a couple of positive words to end the first part of this blog:
Mottron wrote in a 2011 Nature commentary that Dawson had “helped the research team question many of our assumptions about autism — including that it is a problem to be solved.” As a result, Mottron has come to view autism as a natural variant within the human species, rather than “an error of nature that should be corrected.”
“For every high-quality piece of work an autistic researcher puts out on autism, the more the autistic perspective will be valued or recognized.”
Obviously there is a hell of a lot more to be done to give people with autism a fighting chance at success. And, It’s gonna be a slow process but worth the effort to give these champions a name in history.
And yes, there is a bigger and more detailed message I’m leading to as I get the reports I’ve requested. But I was just itching to start somewhere and when I finally get this all put together, I can rewrite it all over again and present it to a specific audience.
I’ll post a link to another article below I found particularly interesting.