Alyrium Denryle wrote:
and you completely ignored the bit about how a "cure" would basically kill the person being "cured"
Prove this or GTFO.
Aly presents philosphy as fact.
No. I am presenting basic neuroscience as fact. Autism is a complicated neurological condition, not an on-off switch. You change one character, you change others, because your entire brain is interconnected. It is not like depression, where there is a problem with serotonin regulation (though this is also true for autism, it is a symptom IIRC, not a cause). When you start fucking around with an already developed brain... somehow, nevermind how you will actually do it, you change things other than the condition you are "treating". There is no real way to predict what these things will be, given that our knowledge of the brains inner workings are as limited as it is.http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1155568-overview
Those changes, in multiple parts of the brain--the brain being the sum total of who and what you are as a human being--will lead to a different person. It is like lobotomizing someone and claiming they are the same, only without the horribleness of severing the frontal lobe from everything else.
does someone want to explain this 'I don't want to destroy me' thing? People change all the time, you are not the same person at 30 you were at 20, and so forth. While I agree that people should get to choose, when do we say that the inability to handle reality, the inability to change to adapt to situations, the inability to function at a basic level, is a disorder and needs to be treated.
You change, not because the fundamental architecture of your brain changes past a certain age, but because you lay down additional memories and genes coding for certain neurotransmitters get up or down regulated and thus change the way you react to stimuli (mood regulation etc).
Autism is an abnormality in everything from the limbic system to speech and face recognition. Way the hell a different matter to start messing with that. One can get better through cognitive therapy, to recognize certain behaviors are irrational etc, but the issue is still there, and you cant get rid of everything. I have worked long and hard to be as socially functional as I am. I meditate sometimes to calm my nerves etc. It never gets me over issues like social anxiety, but it allows me to function. You add on, you reroute, you re-regulate, you learn how to recognize faces and names and you deal with the symptoms, but the underlying root cause never goes away.
Opps, wanted to add; wasn't there a study about how really smart people lead shitty lives socially? I vaguely remember something about it, so correct me if I'm wrong. Frankly, I'm of the opinion that I'd rather let the new Newton or new Tesla lead a better life than have him have a shitty one and come up with apple powered death rays.
I think they should have the choice. My intellect for example is a large part of how I define myself, and what makes my life worth living. Why would I change this when I am more or less content with the tradeoff?