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The Spectrum of Human Behavior

I’ve gotten a little behind on boing boing this week, but Maria sent me this link. It raises some interesting questions about disorders in human behavior. “Are people with autism disfunctional[sic]? Are psychopaths genetically adapted to survive by exploiting the rest of us?” But it certainly made me squirm at the thought of my sweet, brilliant son being lumped in with the psychopaths. Still, I can totally see the little man being a different kind of human. And an amazing one at that.

Remember my sad little recipe page? Today marked the first snow of the season and prompted me to make, and post the recipe for, seitan stew. It’s one of the few meals the husband and I both enjoy and it really hit the spot today.


Bonus: Halloween is right around the corner and the little man is still changing his mind about costumes every other day. His latest notion? Luigi. Even though he was Mario last year.
Plus: It’s high time for another European vacation…especially since Morrissey is touring there this winter. Hey, a girl can (day)dream.
And: Wishingfish just launched a baby shop, and now I’m bummed out that the little man never had a Rody Horse. Who am I kidding? I’m bummed that I never had one!


  1. Jerry wrote:

    it’s never too late for that rody horse!
    when people come over you could just throw it in a closet until they leave.

    no one would know. it’d be your little secret :-)

    what made you think of this:
    Are psychopaths genetically adapted to survive by exploiting the rest of us?

    interesting. it made me think for a minute.

    and is that a teddy bear or a tanuki costume?

    Thursday, October 12, 2006 at 5:56 am | Permalink
  2. Maria wrote:

    My favorite quote from the BoingBoing article is:
    They say that arguing that autism makes you “good at numbers” but “bad at socializing” is like taking a dog and saying that it’s a special kind of cat that’s “bad at climbing” but “good at fetching slippers.”

    And the mental picture in my head now is of the little man climbing a tree with slippers in his teeth.
    And maybe a lightsaber hooked on his belt-loops!

    Thursday, October 12, 2006 at 9:44 am | Permalink
  3. Angharad wrote:

    i totally agree. my sister says autism is the next step in human development. ability to focus really well on one thing, ability to relate to computers in a fantastically adept way, sensitivity to stimuli over and above the norm… its just the rest of us who can’t keep up!

    Thursday, October 12, 2006 at 12:20 pm | Permalink
  4. Jerry - first off, I think you’re on to something with that Rody horse idea. Secondly, I didn’t think of that, it was from an article. But definitely interesting. And thirdly, I’d love to claim it was a tanuki costume (how cool would that be?) but it’s actually from the lion costume my son wore on Halloween when he was ONE.

    Maria - heehee, that’s a good mental picture. And the boy does love to climb trees.

    Angharad - exactly!

    Friday, October 13, 2006 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

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