Albert Einstein ‘Found Genius Through Autism’

The news story that is the focus of this blog entry fits into two categories. It reinforces the claim that anyone can invent anything, and it contains incorrect statements

(1) – Anyone can invent anything

Autism is supposed to be a health condition that causes the individual various health problems. The scientist in this news story cites various examples of geniuses whose behavior fits the definition of “autistic”, yet all of those geniuses produced work that changed human history.

If those geniuses that modern science wants to describe as having health problems that make them lesser than normal in some way, could all produce creations that changed human history, why is it hard to accept that a normal guy on the internet going by the name “Happeh”, could also create something that could change human history?

(2) – Incorrect statements

Modern scientists created the “health problem” of “Autism” out of thin air by applying the word to a collection of behaviors. If what modern scientists call “autism” really is a health problem that makes a human being abnormal in a negative way, then how come autistic geniuses are the ones whose discoveries are changing human history?

It is the opinion of this author that the concept of autism as a negative health condition that needs to be treated, is a conspiracy that was created to harm geniuses who can change human history.

If this conspiracy can convince the public that geniuses whose work can change human history should be ostracized, criticized, or pitied as having some health condition that needs treatment, there is a strong likelihood the geniuses will be mentally or emotionally damaged or neutralized in some way, that prevents them from producing works of genius that will change human history.

That statement may seem hard to accept. After all, why would anyone want to prevent works that could change human history from being created? The common belief is works that change human history for the better should be praised and encouraged. They are something to be treasured and prized.

That is a naive belief that does not take into account the reality of human societies. Human societies are controlled by violent men whose only purpose is to control those societies. Works of genius that change human history invariably result in the removal of the current controllers of a society, or cause changes that will eventually result in the removal of the current controllers of society.

From the point of view of selfish greedy men thinking only of themselves and nothing for human society at large or the future of human society, works of genius must be prevented by any and all methods, no matter how ethically or morally reprehensible.

The original story is reprinted below.

Many leading figures in the fields of science, politics and the arts have achieved success because they had autism, a leading psychiatrist has claimed.

Michael Fitzgerald, Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College, Dublin, argued the characteristics linked to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) were the same as those associated with creative genius.
Einstein found genius through autism
(l-r) George Orwell, Albert Einstein and Thomas Jefferson

Prof Fitzgerald cited Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, George Orwell, H G Wells and Ludwig Wittgenstein as examples of famous and brilliant individuals who showed signs of ASDs including Asperger syndrome.

Beethoven, Mozart, Hans Christian Andersen and Immanuel Kant have also received post mortem diagnoses of Asperger’s.

Speaking at a Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Academic Psychiatry conference in London, Prof Fitzgerald said argued the link between ASD’s, creativity and genius were caused by common genetic causes.

“Psychiatric disorders can also have positive dimensions. I’m arguing the genes for autism/Asperger’s, and creativity are essentially the same.
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“We don’t know which genes they are yet or how many there are, but we are talking about multiple genes of small effect. Every case is unique because people have varying numbers of the genes involved.

“These produce people who are highly focused, don’t fit into the school system, and who often have poor social relationships and eye contact. They can be quite paranoid and oppositional, and usually highly moral and ethical.

“They can persist with a topic for 20-30 years without being distracted by what other people think. And they can produce in one lifetime the work of three or four other people.”

Prof Fitzgerald said traits such as a need to be dominant and in control and autistic repetitiveness were critical to the success of politicians such as Charles de Gaulle, who famously said “I am France”, US president Thomas Jefferson and Enoch Powell.

Another example he said was science fiction writer H G Wells, whom he described as socially insecure, controlling, lonely, cruel and emotionally immature.
Einstein found genius through autism
(l-r) Mozart, H G Wells and Immanuel Kant

Prof Fitzgerald reached his conclusion after comparing the characteristics of around 1,600 people he has diagnosed with ASDs and the known biographical details of famous people.

He said Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein demonstrated how many with Asperger’s traits could work for long periods on topics without taking note of others’ views.

Isaac Newton, he said, was known to work non-stop for three days without recognising day or night, often forgetting to eat, and Einstein worked in a patent office because he was too disruptive to get a university job.

Prof Fitzgerald’s book “Genius Genes: How Asperger Talents Changed the World” was published at the end of last year,

Estimates of the prevalence of ASDs in the general population vary widely from 60-120 cases per 10,000 people.

Amanda Batten, of the National Autistic Society said: “It is important to avoid stereotypes of people with autism as geniuses or otherwise, as everyone has individual character traits, strengths and needs.

“These might include attention to detail and the ability to pursue something for long periods of time, however apparent ability in some areas may lead people to underestimate the challenges individuals face in other parts of their lives.”

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