Anyone's who has read (or even read reviews of) Iaian McGilchrist's book The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, do you see it as a possibly true correlation of the supposed rise of autism and Asperger's Syndrome?
It's too early in the morning here for me to be thinking of such things but I couldn't help it. I read despairing postings on a forum of adults with Asperger's and this book fit the subject so well! The author discusses history as alternating dominance of one side of the brain, then the other. Autistic people think completely differently than neurotypicals and it currently seems that our (western) society is heading toward the autistics BEING the new neurotypicals. The implications for society will be enormous.
Haven't read the book but I've always contended that the rise in electrical energy and the proliferation of chemicals in our food coupled with sensory overload have something to do with neurological dysfunction.
And yes, history does show that right and left brain alternate, if that's how they're terming it. Throughout history, when there is a rise in science, at some point, people tire of it and begin to take a strong interest in the arts again and the reverse.
NS, where do you see that? I've looked everywhere and still find the prevailing thought that one or the other side IS dominant. Of course we all use both sides of our brains, I'm not suggesting at all that we don't. But most people do have a dominant hemisphere.