[2012-Dec-22] Ass Burgers

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Re: Ass Burgers

Postby AbdominalSnowman » Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:41 pm

Mmm, I don't know if it's a stereotype. I would be stereotyping if I said that ALL people with ASDs are musicians and engineers, but that's not what I said. I'm just talking about statistical tendencies. I'm sure somebody reading this besides me goes to a top tier engineering school. Are you really going to tell me that only 1 in 88 people on a campus like that is on the autism spectrum? Even Temple Grandin, when she spoke at my school, guessed that about 1 in 10 or 1 in 5 people in the audience could get diagnosed with an ASD if we wanted to.

Here's the deal: I am acquainted with three people who have odd speech rhythms, repeat themselves a lot, have obsessions and compulsions, and seem to have a real hard time understanding what other people are thinking and feeling. It's not just that they behave badly in social situations, it's that they behave badly in social situations and have no idea what they're doing wrong. I could be wrong about these particular people I know - I'm not a psychiatrist - but knowing them and seeing them butt their heads up against the wall and say, "Why can't I understand these things?" makes me think that there are probably a lot of people out there who aren't getting diagnosed when a diagnosis could help them.

But whether or not I really know people with undiagnosed Asperger's wasn't the point of my original post. The point was that it's not fair to assume that people use mental illness as an excuse all the time.
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Re: Ass Burgers

Postby Edminster » Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:01 pm

AbdominalSnowman wrote:Mmm, I don't know if it's a stereotype. I would be stereotyping if I said that ALL blacks and hispanics are drug dealers and convicts, but that's not what I said. I'm just talking about statistical tendencies. I'm sure somebody reading this besides me has visited prison. Are you really going to tell me that only 1 in 10 people incarcerated are african-american? Even the Bureau of Justice Statistics, when it released a report in 2009, guessed the incarcerated population makeup to be 2 in 5 blacks and 1 in 5 hispanics.
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Re: Ass Burgers

Postby Lethal Interjection » Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:04 pm

AbdominalSnowman wrote:
Kaharz wrote:So AbdominalSnowman must know a lot of people fairly well to know even several people with Aspergers unless AbdominalSnowman is a prodigy at diagnosing a complex syndrome after only a small amount of interaction with a person.


No, it's neither of those things. You're not taking into account that people on the autism spectrum gravitate toward certain careers and hang out in the same circles. I'm an engineer and a musician.


I'd imagine you are wrong. I'd think that the interests would be as varied as the genpop. Might they try to avoid certain types of jobs within said fields? Sure.
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Re: Ass Burgers

Postby DonRetrasado » Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:21 pm

I just want to get to the elephant in the room and save us all a lot of awkwardness: do people with aspergers count as real humans?
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Re: Ass Burgers

Postby Lethal Interjection » Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:15 pm

DonRetrasado wrote:I just want to get to the elephant in the room and save us all a lot of awkwardness: do people with aspergers count as real humans?


See, I don't like the 0 or 1 approach to humanity. I like the decimal system. I'm a 1 and everyone else is lower than that.
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Re: Ass Burgers

Postby LazyLazyLazyLazyLazy » Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:08 am

I'm proud to say I'm a -1, seeing as I am actually a sapient cabbage.
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Re: Ass Burgers

Postby Azujax » Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:24 pm

DonRetrasado wrote:I just want to get to the elephant in the room and save us all a lot of awkwardness: do people with aspergers count as real humans?


Yes, except for the really fat ones.

They go in the zoo with the other elephants.
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