Sunday, January 17, 2010

Genius and Asperger's

BBC has done an excellent job of covering Asperger's syndrome (AS) in a positive light, unlike the US media. In the following article the BBC explains the suspicion on the part of scientists like Dr. Michael Fitzgerald of the University of Dublin who believe that AS is behind the genius of many renown personalities.

Added to this list are characters like Lewis Carroll, Andy Warhol, and Marie Curie are also thought to have had the condition. Many founders of the United States are also suspected including George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson to name a few. Many tech geniuses are highly suspected: Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, and Steve Jobs.

There are upsides to AS. It is also important to note that if you have a child with AS who is not an Einstein, Warhol, or Gates, that is okay too. For every AS "genius" there are many who are bright and capable in their own way. I believe that every child ought to be treated as a prospective genius and perhaps we might have a more intelligent society.

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