Is America Autistic?

An interesting article I discovered from Hug the Monkey:

Donna Williams, a self-described “mad, autistic artist”— as well as a teacher, author and consultant — wrote an article for American Chronicle that boldly questions whether our technology-oriented, individualistic society is creating more infants with reactive attachment disorder and autism.

She writes,

Is possible that we’re living in an age where some pregnant mothers being so busy with cerebral, passive interactions with technology and its related increase in time use that they don’t have the range of movements, emotional experience, that it’d be conceivable some don’t develop the same full prenatal bonding with their child that may have been more common before the ’80s and ’90s?

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  • Guestblogger

    Of course it is.  It is the perfect way to ‘neuter’ society.  If natural instincts such as violence, or better yet the need to rebel can be neutralized via indirect means it just means less stress down the road if you are big brother.  Preoccupying a person’s mind with prescription drugs, X-box, PS3, booze and other mindless gadgets are part of the ultimate magic trick.  With one hand big brother distracts you with all these ‘gimmicks’ and we all know what the other hand has done.  With that being said I am offline for the evening

  • Alex

    Autism is a neurologic development disorder. Autism being caused by lack of parental involvement is a thouroughly discredited theory that has erroneously blamed generations of parents for something they had no part in. Confusing cultural behaviors like being emotionally distant ( like the stereotypical dad from the ’50s and ’60s hiding behind his newspaper at breakfast) with a serious brain disease is an insult to those with real autism.
    Now those cold parents from the ’50s may have been produced by the emotionally distant ‘scientific parenting’ ideas of the ’20s and ’30s or they may have been shaped by two decades of war and depression.

    Today the bogeyman is twitter, yesterday it was the entire internet, before that, rap, heavy metal, video games, VHS, television , rock, comics, hula hoops, jazz, coffee and literature.

    It’s a tired old pattern, and it’s time to break it.

    • Heath

      you forgot beta…

    • jewishy

      Right on. Donna Williams appears to be about as high functioning as they come. I suspect that she is autistic in the way that Grimes or Bjork are autistic. Tell the parents of a severely autistic child that the problem is their Facebook fixation. If you really loved your child, you’d become a Luddite, because, as everyone knows, there are no autistic Amish kids – right….? 
      Autism is a disaster for the parents that have to suffer through it – this kind of vacuous theorizing trivializes their plight. 

  • http://www.jaycob.co.nf/ Scruffy

    lol it might have something to do with most babies now being born to girls and boys.

  • Namelesswon

    counting cards counting cards..
    NO its isnt,charlie rabbit counting cards.

  • jewishy

    Why are you guys posting this crap? “…boldly questions…” indeed. There is no actual scientific research here – just the vapid musings of another dull blogger. She might as well speculate that elves are causing autism. Save this crap (and the Sun UFOs) for HuffPo.

    • Calypso_1

      But of course they are – hyperdimensional elves replacing human offspring with changeling indigo children to evolve the human species into higher-order consciousness by parasympathetic resonance of their minds, morphogenetically transmogrifing our DNA.

      • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

        You’re right.

        It’s the DMT Machine/Clockwork Elves.

         

        • Calypso_1

          AKA the secret commonwealth of elves, fauns & fairies.

          • Okarin

             and like all of today’s hot debates, your position only considered bad when you have not enough followers as an idea becomes standard mainstream common sense when their followers outnumber their next competitor by a huge margin

          • sam23sirius

            I thought the planet was ruled by interdimensional shapeshifting sleestaks, are they part of the commonwealth as well?

          • Calypso_1

            think domestic politics are crazy?

      • Camron Wiltshire

        Are you David Wilcock or something? ;)  

        • Calypso_1

          No, but I find modern mythogenesis to be fascinating, rather akin to alchemy in some sense.  Such expressions may very well, in part, arrive from collective unconsciousness.  Given the historical veracity of much science emerging from dreams or the simultaneous discovery of innovations, I (among other reasons) tend not to discount the ‘Dreamtime’. 
          For me however, it is only worthwhile to the extent that I am able to engage in ‘real’ scientific pursuits that produce results to provide groundwork that might lead to the kind of paradigm shift necessary to actually explore these regions as a major human endeavor.

          • Camron Wiltshire

            Sounds nice.  What defines a “real” scientific pursuit?  

          • Calypso_1

            As you will note, I chose to make the word [real] parenthetical being well aware of the diversity of opinion on this site about the nature and value of scientific thought.  The statement, being about my own choice, was not meant to be divisive in regards to whatever opinions I might hold relating to other methods of exploring the universe. 
            For my situation though, real science is research and experimentation that is done at a postdoc level in a university/hospital/laboratory environment that is peer reviewed. 
            I will tell you though that I have to translate my own thoughts and designs into this ‘real’ science, because as I said, I’m trying to lay the groundwork for something to come.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mlautreamont Maldoror Lautreamont

    Gluten is one major cause of autism, not this new age-worshipping red herring

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      Vaccines are one major cause of autism, not this nutritional-obsessed red herring

      • Calypso_1

        Jesus is the cause of autism because he has a special place in heaven for these little angels.

        • Simiantongue

           Hollywood and TV is the cause of autism because it’s rots your brain.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mlautreamont Maldoror Lautreamont

        Credible research backs it up but hey who needs facts

        • Calypso_1

          Research shows that the diverse symptomatology associated with autism may, in some individuals, include altered immune response to various food substances.  These allergies are not in themselves causative factors for autism.  Altered diet may relieve certain symptoms (though most evidence is contradictory or anecdotal) but this in no way indicates the underlying disorder, (which is definitively linked to excessive neuronal growth and improper gestational neuronal migration), is being altered.

          • feint_ruled

             FLAWLESS VICTORY!

          • Camron Wiltshire

            Check your shorts hombre.

  • Camron Wiltshire

    http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/vaccination-the-hidden-truth/   Remember the Swine Flu Hoax?  I do, if you are unafraid of being called names by those clinging to the last vestiges of their sad little paradigms, than by all means be forewarned/armed against the most likely agent of the exploding rates of autism.    

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      Hey! some people like neurological excitotoxicity, okay?

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