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Piece #99 - A Radical Theory of...Normal?

This is going to be a special posting because of this article that was published on a website called TheDailyBeast.com. The article was date May 11th, 2009. I wanted to share my thoughts especially since many of my entries deal with their 'findings'. I will subsequently edit many portions of the article for adequate reading length and reaction. Here is the article:

A Radical New Autism Theory A groundbreaking study suggests people with autism-spectrum disorders such as Asperger’s do not lack empathy—rather they feel others’ emotions too intensely to cope.

[First of all, I feel insulted by the first three words, this isn't 'groundbreaking'! Researchers and all of us Aspies already knew we have emotions...we're not a bunch of robots!]

Henry and Kamila Markram of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, suggests that the fundamental problem in autism-spectrum disorders is not a social deficiency, but rather an hypersensitivity to experience, which includ…

Piece #98 - Mixed Colors

This is going to be one of those autism open observation moments: I was in the grocery store the other day and I had to buy eggs. As I looked them over I noticed that brown eggs were on sale and the white ones were at the regular price so I decided to pick the brown eggs because they were on sale! (Duh!) As simplistic as that sounds, I find it fascinating that generally white eggs tend to sell more than brown ones. I guess there are lots of reasons for this like white seems to be a 'cleaner' color and more ‘normal’ than brown. Whenever we look at pictures of eggs, most of them tend to be white. Let's just say I've never seen brown eggs in a children's book or in a cartoon. To my understanding, other than the color, there is no difference between white and brown eggs! Again, I know this sounds silly, but since I have the mind of an Aspie, these little things that don't really seem much actually are important to me. I guess the colored egg thing seems to get me w…