Remember, autism was – one author claims – a useful adaptation in “evolutionary history”?
Caroline Crocker at AITSE discusses that in the most recent newsletter, after addressing the theories of autism’s cause that are worth taking seriously:
Jared is writing his first paper as a doctoral candidate and so, should be given credit for a very imaginative hypothesis. But, his professors should be held accountable for their lamentable lack of guidance. The young man then goes on to bury himself even deeper in the evolutionary psychology mumbo jumbo and begins to compare the behavior of those with ASDs with that of orangutans and the behavior of non-autistics with that of chimpanzees. He does give a disclaimer on page 221, saying that “no offense is intended towards autistic individuals in this comparison with orangutans,” but by then the reader is finding it hard to focu on his meaning for laughing at this poor student’s politically correct squirming.
[Most people looking for answers are pretty desperate, and don’t appreciate this kind of thing.]
Seriously, it is evident from the above that ASDs probably are caused by a combination of at least one, and probably more, genetic and several environmental factors. Evolution does not make significant changes over the space of 20 years, and so the genetic factors have probably been around for a long time. Therefore, to reverse the current exponential increase of ASD cases, we need to concentrate on elucidation of the environmental factors that can contribute to development of ASDs. For those of you contributing to autism research, AITSE suggests you ask some questions about just what it is they are working on.
Some would add that if Jared’s hypothesis is an example of recently touted evolutionary medicine at work, we can safely dismiss the idea that it will produce any findings of value.
You can sign up for AITSE’s newsletter at the site, and be sure to forward Crocker’s thoughtful analysis of actual causes of autism to family and friends of sufferers. Unlike “evolutionary psychology,” autism is no joke, nd its incidence may be increasing.
Crocker is the author of Free to Think. Her newsletter also covers instances of ID theorists facing research obstructions created by Darwinists