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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  • Do you sleep DeepThought?

    and so myself and the argument also rotates on its own centred axis! Lol


    Sleep? Getting dictionary out, and ruffling through pages . . .

    'Well' not as deeply nor as often as I would like to ~ what with the old bucket of wakefulness and the not so novel insomniac wall of death together getting on occasion 'well' boring, although ~ they do bring up some archaeological curios from the subconscious and unconscious depths of the burgeoning deep.

    Basically I refer to myself as being a 'night-shifter' or 'night-owl' ~ as I am hyper-sensitive to light and have synaesthesia which makes sunlight rather loud, and the lazy or weak sunshine of the early morning allows me to sleep, doze or at least rest until mid afternoon sometimes.