Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Link between Atheism and Autism in study

Atheism as an Autism?

"People with 'mild' forms of autism are more likely to be atheists, according to a controversial new study - and more likely to shun organised religion in general."
Or so states a study from Boston, quoted in the UK's Daily Mail and found here.
It seems people of sub to normal intelligence with 'mild autistic' tendencies, such as Asperger's syndrome, are inclined to be Atheist, more so that other belief systems.
Funny how that compares to the Platonic view of the cave, isn't it?
Is medical science finally catching up with philosophy. Or is it that this kind of dustbin diagnosis, evolutionary psychology driven, mind as matter stuff has finally turned on its own? I am sure we will see as more of these studies are duplicated.
The researchers involved are quick to warn: "'It is important that people with autism have the freedom to make their own choices about their beliefs and receive the support they need,'"
I would think it is important to let them be happy. If their Atheism is of no matter, then let it be. If it is ruining their life, a caregiver has the DUTY to help them out of that monistic box. Not to convert, but to release.
They also note: "'This doesn’t mean that a huge proportion of atheists are high functioning autistics (though there may be a larger proportion than the general population).'"
So, you don't have to be mentally limited, or psychologically myopic to be an Atheist- It just helps a whole lot if you are? I am almost offended for the Atheists....almost.

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