We're not talking about abortion. There's no reason to believe that autism is a causal factor in the great intellect of any geniuses who fall on the spectrum, either.While I'm for it, I'm curious to the down side. While most are worthless, I wouldn't be surprised if some of the greatest minds fell somewhere within the autism category.
I'd be surprised if there weren't a lot of important thinkers and inventors who weren't autistic to some degree. If Simon Baron-Cohen is right, autistic people systematise to an extreme degree; they also can manifest hyper-attention to certain things. Both traits can be useful in developing ways of thinking.While I'm for it, I'm curious to the down side. While most are worthless, I wouldn't be surprised if some of the greatest minds fell somewhere within the autism category.
Ie without being such an autist Bentham couldn't have done what he did.The honour is all his — nothing but his peculiar qualities could have done it. There were wanted his indefatigable perseverance, his firm selfreliance, needing no support from other men’s opinion; his intensely practical turn of mind, his synthetical habits- about all, his peculiar method.
Dysgenics is a real thing - recent studies on different age cohorts using the GWAS hits we've got for the genes for intelligence show that (in the UK and Iceland where they have good cross-generational samples) the frequency of intelligence-producing alleles is declining. Not surprising - the fertility transition is an obvious reason, and at least in the UK they had a lot of the more educated classes hit disproportionately by WW1 (since it was the done thing for sharp boys fresh out of Oxford or Cambridge to go off to fight for King and country) and 2 (the RAF in the UK's case). Some estimates - again, focused on the UK - suggest the most intelligent generation was probably born in 1750 and things have been declining since (those estimates are less reliable than the GWAS-based studies since they're going off imperfect information we have from standardised testing done over 200 years ago).If I'm to be more serious about this, this could bring about some good things like building immunities earlier in life, but it could also bring about something like a prebirth plastic surgery. Call it model babies. The first versions will have issues, then the second will have improved to have perfect phyacial features and with each generation the uniqueness of each human will deplete and will make the previous generation of model children inferior to the next.
It's a pretty scary thought. To have one child be considered inferior to your first born and how parents will act to it.
"Ah, a person talking about eugenics"
Yeah, though I'm more concerned on how this will affect the psychological aspects of human development when everyone becomes a sort of model before birth.