The Autism Gene: The Next Step in Human Evolution?
What is Autism?
Autism is a developmental disorder where sufferers often find it hard interact with others and make friends. They can also find it had to cope with sounds, smells and lighting of a room or building.
Autism is a broad spectrum disorder and every sufferer is different. Some are really top of academically where others struggle. For those that struggle however it may not be a lack of intelligence that holds them back but their study environment.
Autism Gene Linked to Intelligence
A recent study in Scotland has found a link between the Gene associated with Autism and a persons intelligence.
The study found that those with the Autism Gene also had a higher IQ than those without. This means that an individual who carries the Gene but is not autistic has an advantage over those who do not. It also shows that being Autistic does not mean a person is thick. In fact it is quite the opposite in a lot of cases as lots of sufferers have a good to high IQ, they just cannot use it to the same advantage that a carrier of the Gene can.
What do the studies findings mean for the future of the human race?
The studies findings show that if the Gene can be passed on through the Generations it will make the human race more intelligent. However passing on the Gene comes with the risk of creating more autistic individuals who while possibly having a higher Intelligence rating may not be able to function well around others.
My Own Experience
When I was younger I showed signs that could have placed me on the Autism Spectrum like my short attention span. However nothing was ever diagnosed back then. Today I suffer from Bi-Polar Disorder which can also be traced to the Autism Gene which I do carry. I struggle socially at times find it hard to be in some buildings, the latter being especially true while I was at college and I walked out and did not finish the course. I just felt ill in certain classrooms due to lighting and smells.
My partner also exibited the signs as a child. We both have IQs over 125 which is classed as above average and our daughter who is seven showed a higher than average IQ when she was tested. She does exibit signs of mild autism as she has a short attention span.
Yes the gene can create more intelligent people but it is of no evolutionary use to us if a large percentage of those people have the developmental, psychological, neurological, chromosomal, or genetic disorders that are associated with Autism.