… and of the Nerds

Once outcasts, some autistics now see their condition as a cognitive gift and even the next stage in human evolution—at the dawn of the transhuman age, who’s to say they’re wrong?

By George Dvorsky, January 3, 2005

It was hard to believe that that the words were coming from a seven-year-old boy.

“Another characteristic of mammals is that they give placental births,” he said, “Oh, except marsupials like kangaroos and koala bears.” Changing gears slightly he continued, “And then there are animals with endoskeletons and exoskeletons. Humans, because they have bones on the inside of their bodies have endoskeletons, but insects have exoskeletons on the outside.” With a vocabulary more closely resembling that of someone in grade nine, he chimed off the bits of scientific triviata as if he were directly linked to Wikipedia.



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