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Is autism the next stage in human evolution?

My third medium article considers something I've heard in various forms over the years: the idea that autism is some next stage of evolution for the human being. This is very relevant to my work; although I don't take the view that autism is the 'next stage' as such. This article deals with a tricky subject, especially because autism is so heterogeneous as a condition. The people who know the more disabled forms will probably have a knee jerk reaction against the concept; the individuals who are able to live normal or extremely successful lives might have the opposite.


This is the same sort of debate which rages between neurodiversity and anti-neurodiversity advocates. Until we properly understand the range of conditions on the autism spectrum, these debates are inevitable: when released, the DCIDE method will hopefully help this argument settle (although it may indeed raise new issues). You can access the article here.

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Article Published in 'Works in Progress'

A new online magazine called 'Works in Progress' has been set up, and I was commissioned to write one of the first articles, which can be found here. The site description: "Works in Progress is a ne

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