There is so much to say about that kid, but it all boils down to a few thoughts. The kid is amazing, his mother is a saint for actually realizing
school was hurting her son, and his message of THINKING is possibly one of the most important, especially today. I hope he goes on to do great things,
and inspire others in his situation as well.
On a side note, the idea that autism is a "next stage in human evolution" doesn't mesh with what evolution is. Evolution isn't a catalog of different
models of human, to be rolled out one after the other. Evolution simply states, that if something helps you to reproduce, that trait gets passed on
(because you were actually able to reproduce)
Aside from the fact that there is no solid answer on whether or not autism can be inherited (which, if it can't be inherited, by definition it cannot
be a result of evolution) in order for autism to be an evolutionary trait, it would have to help you to reproduce. Considering social issues are one
of the big problems for such people, it would make more sense that autism is a detriment to your ability to reproduce, not an advantage, meaning it
cannot be a result of evolution.
It seems me that there aren't more "autistic" people, our opinions and views of people's behavior are changing. People, who today are labeled
autistic, would have previously been labeled any number of things depending on their behavior, or simply not labeled at all. How many people get
diagnosed with "hysteria" anymore? People are the same, they just keep changing the labels. It's Pepsi vs Pepsi clear, it tastes the same, it just has
a different look and label, and people can't handle it for some reason.
In a world that tries to make everything in the human experience some sort of disorder, disease, or dysfunction, it's not surprising that we see
increased instances of diagnosed diseases and disorder. You'll always find more of something if you are looking for it.
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