Sunday, March 20, 2016

Hazards of an autism cure

A NY Times essay claims that being cured of autism ruined his life:
Before the T.M.S., I had fantasized that the emotional cues I was missing in my autism would bring me closer to people. The reality was very different. The signals I now picked up about what my fellow humans were feeling overwhelmed me. They seemed scared, alarmed, worried and even greedy. The beauty I envisioned was nowhere to be found.

Seeing emotion didn’t make my life happy. It scared me, as the fear I felt in others took hold in me, too. As exciting as my new sensory ability was, it cost me customers at work, when I felt them looking at me with contempt. It spoiled friendships when I saw teasing in a different and nastier light. It even ruined memories when I realized that people I remembered as funny were really making fun of me.

And the hardest thing: It cost me a marriage.
Medical experts say that this is no cure for autism, so I am skeptical of this. But he does have a point.

Being sensitive to the feelings of others is not necessarily a good thing. Much human suffering is traceable to internalizing the perceived feelings of others. In women, especially.

If most people were insensitive to the unverbalized emotions and feelings of others, then the sensitive ones would be considered to have a mental disorder.

I tried to listen to Sam Harris's podcast interview of Omer Aziz, and Harris says:
Everyone on the Left is pretending to be a mindreader.
This was the only Harris statement I agreed with.

To prove the point, Harris is a Leftist, and he spends much of the podcast (the first half, at least) pretending to be a mindreader. He constantly makes ad hominem attacks against was Aziz is supposedly thinking.

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