On The Ontological Status Of Autism And Double Empathy


The double empathy/cross-neurological hypotheses of Milton and Beardon can be summarised as follows:
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(1) non-autistic people appear to have as much difficulty in understanding autistic minds as vice versa;
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(2) autistic people often develop a greater understanding of society than non-autistic people develop of autism; and
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(3) autistic people have a similar ability to empathise with other autistic people as non-autistic people have with their peers.
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Milton does not suggest that non-autistic people are less capable of developing an understanding of autism than vice versa; as he points out, it is simply that autistic people have no choice but to try to develop an understanding of society if they are to ‘survive and potentially thrive’ whereas no such imperative applies in the opposite direction (Milton 2012).
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  • So....not quite yin and yang......it is just a matter of it you have an “inny ” or an “outy” mind! 

    Actually it is yin and yang ~ it just a matter of being more one and less the other.


    ...but again my worry is that these definitions we find so lovely because they are so neat and succinct....is life really like that?....

    Whilst we recognise and describe life neatly and succinctly ~ life is not 'like' that in the abstract linguistic sense, life is that or if not can be experienced as being neat and succinct in the concrete linguistic sense ~ as in balance wed with the abstract.

    Right name and write object . . . oops! Right name and right object goes a long long way to a simpler understanding and a calmer comprehension of life, the universe and everything.


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