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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  • As the Elephant in the Room..... life and the universe may well be founded upon simple and clear cut constructs...

    Well rather than clear 'cut' constructs ~ go perhaps for the clearly 'defined' ones as they are alot safer and saves as such on the Elastoplasts too!!! :-)


    Would God make a rock that he could not lift?, after all! - lol!

    Maybe it is just my inability to comprehend it as such or more importantly be able to successfully filter out (as well as you so brilliantly demonstrate) the illogical and erroneous to get to the centre of said rock!  Just when the water clears we muddy the pond!


    The bit about me so brilliantly demonstrating my successful filtering ~ just be glad you get to see the filtered stuff as I am easter islanded right up to my neck here in the mud left over. ;-)


    So much Existential angst for the Tuesday morning!! x

    Well Existentialism comes in other flavours too you know ~ Existential elixir is very refreshing! :-)


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