Too little information to be conclusive. I also think that every time a new diagnosis gains credibility, it gains traction and is applied willy nilly. Each decade seems to bring a new favorite diagnosis, so only time will tell if the "rising numbers" are legitimate.
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Eindhoven the "Dutch silicon valley"? Give me a break. It's uncomparable. :P
As for this article/theory, and many other articles/theories alike: Basicly it's 99% bullshit. These articles serve almost no public purpose whatsoever.
At most, it might bring awareness to people that do have a brain willing to investigate this further to see where the real issue comes from, finding credible facts and evidence. But the other 99% of the people that read this can't do much at all with this information. It is inconclusive, and pretty useless. :P
The idea has come up over and over again. That Autism and Asperger's are hereditary, I am willing to accept. I can even entertain the idea that nerdiness and Asperger's are related. But where is the evidence?
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if this article tells us anything, it's that asperger's syndrome in the Information Age will actually be a beneficial cognitive predisposition. this is something I've believed for a long time anyway
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Well it's a possibility but there are many, always interesting to think of new possibilities...
I agree a little with Elfboy too but theres many variants.
I think it's more important to focus on how society views and treats people on the autistic spectrum though,
education is key but in a world where asd is ahead of it's time it is hard for people to understand.
I include myself in "people".
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