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Sunday, May 30, 2004
Autistic Genius Watch--The Agony and the Ecstasy Edition
Apparently researchers are now hypothesizing that Michaelangelo, one of the greatest forces in Western art, was autistic. Anyone who had to read The Agony and the Ecstasy for sophomore year high school English can recite the symptoms cited by the researchers--aloofness, obsessiveness regarding work, difficulty in relating to others or maintaining friendships, tempermental.

Jeez. Are there any great geniuses who aren't thought autistic by some researchers somewhere?


Well, at least--wait. I'm not going to give names. Then they'll be diagnosed with autism.

But just in case you think all of this overdiagnosis is "much ado about nothing",here's the viewpoint from the father of an autistic child.

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