[extropy-chat] Asperger's Syndrome and the gender disparity in the sciences

Anne Corwin sparkle_robot at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 1 14:14:48 UTC 2006

> people with Asperger's Syndrome
> naturally gravitate to the sciences.

As a woman with Asperger's Syndrome who is involved in the sciences, I can definitely see how this could be true...I'd love to look for some real research on this (and will hopefully be doing so very soon) but there's a bit of a theory I've seen in the neurodiversity community that suggests that people on the autism spectrum depend on direct perception of the surrounding environment in order to gain information about it, while more neurologically typical people depend more on socially-transmitted information.  Different groups seem "susceptible" to different memes, perhaps.

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