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Re: List discussion aftermath

On Sun, Sep 03, 2006 at 05:03:00AM -0500, Joseph Neal wrote:
> Has anyone brought up the fact that that communities of high-octane
> geeks tend to include statistically abnormal numbers of people with
> Asperger's Syndrome and HFA? 

i don't think that's abnormal, the definitions of geek[*] seems to be
a subset (if not the same set) of the symptoms for asberger syndrome.

> I've seen several flame wars on debian
> lists where it looked to me that one party didn't fully grasp that
> the other was a bit autistic.

you don't even need to go that far, it would be enough if one party
lacks the social skills (and only the social skills (which would not be
enough to diagnose them of asberger syndrome)) to communicate, while the
other party does not grasp that the one lacks these skills.

and if you consider the ability to avoid a flamewar a social skill then
both parties lack that skill.

i also find the definition of asberger syndrome so subtle that i would
be surprised if anyone was able to recognize that in someone else.

[*] note that i reject the terms geek and nerd as derogatory and refuse
to accept that label or apply it to anyone.

greetings, martin.
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