In a recent article from IFLScience writer Josh Davis describes that the genes responsible for cognitive ability were found in much higher numbers in those diagnosed with ASD.
More importantly Davis's co writer Joel Gelernter explains that variations of human genetics normally weed out genetic anomalies as part of evolution but just the opposite has occurred and a rise in rates of ASD seem to prove that the changing genetic structure is part of a molecular functions that effect creation of new neurons.
Gelernter explains that those inheriting these genes are beneficial to our species as a whole as it appears they may help in " intellectual achievement "
Magnificent and yet bizarre it invites a completely different conversation not only about the individuals that are effected by the disorders and about the evolutionary travel of our brains.
To put it in perspective looking back at the last hundred years even lay person can think about the genetic shifts that were necessary to push the human mind to where we are today. Studies in the 70's confirmed that the great apes were similar in community and social skills as those of differences-proved the apes were very limited. One such example apes were fascinated by their reflections in the mirror, exploring themselves while watching the reflection , but they went on to behave as though the reflection was another ape with whom they were interacting.
The human brain has evolved to a place of such complexity and adapted to such incredible enviormental changes with apes we are now barely comparable. Thus the new genetic theory of ASD is proposed, but to common man how is this combination of facts and suggestions supposed to be perceived. Well a great example would be looking backwards in time to the early 1900's
When revolutionary 's in society would be responsible for incredible inventions such as the Vacuum cleaner, the electric washer, the toaster( specifically heating element), and footballs first ever forward pass. Imagine that!
A quirky 26 year old revolutionary scientist/ prodigy would create four papers that would revolutionize thousands of years of human understanding of space, time, light and the sub atomicworld. The scientist would go on to publish work on the Brownian motion, and and the ultimate head scratcher the theory of special relativity or E=mc2.
So the conversation really becomes about the transformation of the genius code. Is the selective- movement of genes responsible for the ultimate reorganization of molecules helping to-create new-neurones responsible for elevating higher thought.
In Kristine Barnett's " The Spark" Barnett describes when she first noticed her son at 2 years old became reclusive, stopped talking and became fascinated with numbers and books . Jake initially was social but as he reached the age of two he seemed to completely regress . By five with the ASD diagnoses the family reached out for non traditional therapies to foster her son Jake's exceptional talents. By 9 young Jake was deciphering university level physics and as this 9 year old coaches an adult class through a complex physics problem, his professor confides in Kristine " I'm not sure I will be able to keep up with him" .
In 2016 initially diagnosed with ASD, Temple Grandin, a researcher for the university of Colorado in animal studies has now become the face of adult autism. Grandin 's genius was behind stalls for cattle for everything from feeding and production her system revolutionized the livestock industry . More importantly, Grandin has been credited for changing the stigma associated with the Autistic stigma. Before Grandin 's advocacy many persons on the spectrum were encouraged into institutions and those who weren't were often harassed and bullied into seclusion
Tim Burton, Stephen Spielberg, Bill Gates and former presidential candidate and now environmental spokesman , Al Gore identify with the social skill deficits often associated with Autism. Burton a renowned movie director and animator, with the help of his wife Actress Helena Bonham Carter noticed very specific obsessive behaviours they eventually learned were Autism when Burton was eventually diagnosed in adult hood. Burton explained he remembered early on being engrossed in drawing and painting but felt out of place in school or with peers.
Burton explained he rarely felt inspired in the school enviorment and it often was the place of ridicule or exclusion.
The question is are we sitting on yet another revolution of the mind and are these newly diagnosed ASD kiddos actually reconfiguring the neurons for the future of higher intelligence. It would seem that very recent genetic testing and diagnostic discussion have lead to some astounding evidence that autism is more pioneering than we could possibly imagine. Before genetic study , people with the diagnoses of autism were considered dysfunctional and these studies suggest that the genius is in their newly reformed Genes .