autism, pseudoscience 

When reading papers and articles about autism I have a "3 strikes and you're out" rule - I stop reading after the 3rd instance of utter nonsense or awfulness.

Most papers don't make it past the abstract but I just read something that I read until halfway through the last page and I must say I'm almost impressed.

Chapman, R. (2019). Autism as a Form of Life: Wittgenstein and the Psychological Coherence of Autism. Metaphilosophy, (doi.org/10.1111/meta.12366)

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re: autism, pseudoscience 

(3rd strike was "Indeed, a related possible worry here is that if we accept the different form of life hypothesis, then it may become less clear on what grounds we could distinguish different forms of life from genuine disorders across the board. Is, say, psychopathy—which is also typically associated with empathy deficits—simply a different form of life too? Where would we draw the line?")

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(For the record, it's okay if you don't understand why writing a paper on this topic can't be ethically reconciled with an inability to answer that question, as long as you don't write such papers yourself)

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I'm kinda doubly disappointed because the author is neurodivergent themself and the ideas were really interesting, but it seems like they backpedaled to status quo for whatever reason.

I kinda prefer the typical NT gibberish research papers that start with the copypasta of the autism "definition" because I just delete them without a second thought.

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@kiilas Maybe the author was told "we won't peer review your paper or submit it for publication unless you say that."

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@drwho That kind of stuff is what I worry about - I have a lot of respect for the author and their non-academic writings otherwise...

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@kiilas Academia is fraught with politics, egos, and backstabbing.

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