Slight variation on the topic but one that highlights "scientific research" validity (speaking as a scientist myself:
in the US women now days get upwards of 4-10 ultrasounds during pregnancy. My european coworkers were horrified.
It turns out that some studies have shown that if you expose nuerons-I think in fetal mice-to ultrasonic waves, you can disrupt the growth patterns. This seems subtle and there has been abundant evidence that ultrasounds dont cuase massive damage of any sort.
But what about subtle effects? If you dont know what you are looking for, how can you measure it properly.
Not saying ultrasounds are evil-just pointing out there may be things not really fully understood and it may be interesting to see in 20 years what we think of some of these same topics.
I had the thought knowing of studies that show lower sperm counts in males who carry cells in their pockets. I also know three people who have brain tumors in the vacinity of their talking ear.
The possibility seems "plausible" in that somethings causing it? But is it probable?
I'm interested in an entirely different theory. Autism has risen by approx 600% in the last 20 years. You can account for prehaps a 100-200% increase due to diagnosis becomming easier to access, the range of ASD that is now being diagnosed and the fact that many people are more willing to get diagnosis for themselves or children.
So we are left with a huge unaccountable dramatic increase. I lean towards the theory of evolution of mind. That the autistic brain is one of a higher concience, a more highly evolved brain design. Yes many people may scorn me or argue that it's a disibility but i do believe the theory.
"We knew he was someone who had a tragic flaw, that's where his greatness came from"
Hmmm. I guess I can see some kind of environmental triggering effect. I was listening to a podcast about genetics and medicine and they said that near-sightedness was virtually unknown before early literacy became widespread. The combination of genetic predisposition and early reading seem to be what trigger it. There could be something like that in play with autism.
“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.” ~ John Rogers