Distinguishing a Philosopher from Someone with Asperger Syndrome

Individuals with Asperger syndrome who have managed to become scientists, or even worse philosophers, have been a drag to progress and innovation. Many such individuals, due to unique abilities of presenting themselves as true geniuses have reached very high positions and control the dissemination of new ideas.

Asperger syndrome (AS) is an autism spectrum disorder. “Individuals with AS experience difficulties in basic elements of social interaction, which may include a failure to develop friendships or to seek shared enjoyments or achievements with others” (Source)

Amongst other things, scientists and philosophers with AS use complex words and phrases but may not fully understand what they mean. Does that sound familiar? Click here for more details.

Tests

Tests to determine whether someone who presents himself as a scientist or philosopher is suffering from AS, include:

1. Building a simple machine using the hands
2. Working as part of a team to complete a specific part of a project
3.  Completing a task based on a strict timetable

Individuals who have AS often show an intense interest in science and philosophy and they believe they know everything in their field to the extent that nobody else does, or even qualifies to challenge them. Through the use of incomprehensibility they often climb to high positions and that coupled with their unsocial attitude limits the ability of others to advance. Some well-know authors and scientists that have achieved high recognition are suffering from AS. I was at the presentation of such a highly acclaimed author a few years ago and when I asked him a question about his main arguments he got hostile, he became sarcastic and finally he answered with a mix of words that contained no real meaning. The audience applauded him because usually people consider incomprehensible statements a sign of intelligence when in fact such statements are a sign of stupidity or mental disorder. A true genius knows how to explain his points in simple and easily comprehensible language.

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