from vox days blog headline,
Now it is science,
Okay, you can all stop sending this to me now. Look, I don't think anyone should have been terribly shocked by news of the scientific link between atheism and autism which supports my original hypothesis from four years ago:
" People with 'mild' forms of autism are more likely to be atheists, according to a controversial new study - and more likely to shun organised religion in general. The study, which looked at posts on autism forums, focused on people with high-functioning autism such as Asperger's. The study, from University of Boston, speculates that common autistic spectrum behaviours such as 'a preference for logical beliefs' and a distrust of metaphor and figures of speech, could be responsible."
The amusing thing about the vehement reaction by many atheists, to my description of their observable tendency, towards socially autistic behavior, is that it was not only based on my personal observations over the years, but also by the Asperger's Quotient results, proudly reported by dozens of the Internet's most militant atheists. But the link should have always been obvious because it is logically inevitable. Even if one believes that a god is nothing but a social construct, it should not be hard to grasp, that a degree of social dysfunction would tend to inhibit one's understanding of those constructs.
Now, obviously god-blindness will take a variety of forms, just as color-blindness does. My belated discovery of my own very mild color-blindness has, in some ways, helped me understand, what Brent Rasmussen once described as a missing sense more than my longtime agnosticism ever did. You can explain it to me all you like, you can walk me slowly and patiently through all the lines on the image, but I am still not going to see it. Even if I trust that it is there, I simply cannot see it and no amount of desire allows me to detect it. It is perhaps worth recalling that just as my color-blindness is totally undetectable by others whereas the total or red-green versions are readily observable to anyone paying attention to the individual's behavior, god-blindness is not going to automatically translate into full blown New Atheist social autism.
What is slightly misleading about the article's description, of these socially autistic individuals, is that what is described as a "preference for logical beliefs",
should actually be phrased as a "preference for beliefs that appear to be logical"
. For, as we have repeatedly seen, socially dysfunctional atheists,
tend to be extraordinarily illogical, to such an extent that they will deny the existence of straightforward dictionary definitions in use for hundreds of years in order to cling to their pseudo-logic,
It's not so much logic as static rules that appeal to them. Where the cognitive deficiency is revealed, is in their inability to understand that the decision tree they have adopted, with quasi-religious fervor is insufficiently dynamic. I suspect it is somehow related to their concomitant emotional immaturity, as I see a similar problem with static decision trees, all the time in children's soccer. (literal photographic unquestioning, unthinking, obedient mind)
For example, you might tell a young defender to closely mark #12 because he is the most dangerous striker on the other team. Then you will watch in disbelief as that defender obediently stays wide and out of the play at #12's side instead of moving into the center and attacking the other striker, who has the ball and is heading for a shot on goal. What the young defender doesn't understand that the order to mark the one player is a conditional one, and that the order should no longer be considered in effect once a greater danger to the goal presents itself. So, it's necessary to keep building more and more complex decision trees, as the player develops until the light bulb goes off, the logical bases underlying all the various trees, are finally understood, and the defender can begin thinking and analyzing the situations for himself rather than simply attempting to identify which branch of the decision tree applies to the present situation.
An inability or dislike for processing dynamic if-then situations has nothing to do with logic per se, it is simply a need for clear-cut rules that remove any necessity for active thinking. To the socially autistic, both "Science" and "Reason" are perceived as The Legitimate Rulegivers and they represent far more than the simple tools they are to the neurotypical.
Of course, it is more than a little ironic that those who claim to be freethinkers and paragons of logic, are actually exhibiting illogical behavior that is fundamentally based on
an aversion to thinking,
And here I add, chaps,
And it looks like pseudo-skeptics are physical adults, simply mentally marooned in the under 12 literal mind / photographic memory brain. Their maturising hormonal surge at age 12 is disrupted/ rendered ineffective, thus they do not develop the normal adult metaphorical mind. Which severely retards their intellectual development.
Metaphorical thinking is rapid shorthand, and greatly speeds the adult intellectual process. Skeptics non understanding of metaphors is noteworthy. The only metaphors they use are typically obscenities, which they seem to mean quite literally, and the few other metaphors used are always so totally extreme, it betrays their complete lack of measure in metaphor usage, a major flaw in their brain development. A major competence deficit.
Whether the skeptics being marooned in the under 12 literal mind state, is permanent or not, fascinates some. Non understanding of metaphors, likely prevents the autistic skeptics understanding of religions, which are giant archipelagos of metaphors, nothing more. Seemingly connected in impossible illogical ways to the literal mind.
Being totally literal minded, also might explain their disabling obsessive materialism. For any belief suggesting invisible connections between things, requires an immediate metaphor to be generated in the listeners mind, not possible for some, with the under 12 literal photographic mind.
The missing activity in those dysfunctional literal listeners seems to be the aversion to thinking that prevents metaphors being generated in the skeptics mind. (depression = non- thinking),
Whether this state of mind, of adult skeptics being marooned in the under twelve literal mindset, is permanent in adults is an exciting question.
Dr Norman Doidge in his book The Brain that changes itself, says repeatedly that most of our "scientific" brain assumptions are quite false, specifically those about brain dysfunction permanency, and the attendant mistaken belief of hopelessness. And that many apparently hopeless autisms have been reversed with simple therapies.
Dr Doidge says childhood depression (non- thinking)
and trauma, has a miniaturising effect on the growing childs brain size, and I suspect
that plays a role in producing James Randys, online pseudo-skeptic brigade.
Dr Doidges book based on the latest brain scan science of 300 peer reviewed studies, asserts that positive behaviour and thinking does reverse numerous brain deficits.
Buy this book guys
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