This is a thread about Asperger's syndrome. It is widely misunderstood. There is a wonderful synergy in the field of social robotics involving Asperger's syndrome. Aspergeans and other autistics are used to help test the design and effectiveness of social robots. I used to be involved in the design of software personalities for specialized social robots when I worked with roboticist Dr. David Hanson. These robots are used in universities for basic social robotics research, and also for research into therapeutic social robots for autistics. The reason for all the Aspergeans and Autistics in the field is that social robots must overcome the problem of the "uncanny valley" in order for the interaction to seem reel. Aspergeans, especially, are useful because they basically suffer a mirror neuron deficit which leads to the difficulty socializing. But in order to function socially at all, Aspergeans or "Aspies" as some prefer to be called, process their social cues in the neocortex, i.e. not automatically, as do "Neurotypicals", as Aspergeans like to refer to everyone else. Aspergeans must do consciously, what Neurotypicals do unconciously. Thus, Aspergeans, though handicapped in many ways, tend to notice aspects of human behavior that are often invisible to Neurotypicals. Aspergeans provide what philosophers refer to as the Philosophic ladder. Disabled World - Disability News for all the Family: http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/article_2086.shtml "Asperger's syndrome has probably been an important and valuable characteristic of our species throughout evolution," (Attwood, 2006, p. 2). And I would add another famous character, supposedly from history. Jesus.* *---This last bit is likely to be somewhat controversial here. Please try not to overreact. The list should also include Charles Darwin. And Isaac Newton. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/he...st-claims.html http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/...me/ba-p/379141 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Histori...dered_autistic I remember reading somewhere that Newton died a virgin. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/5274.php Here is advice for parents of Aspergeans: http://www.yourlittleprofessor.com/benefits.html Check out: http://www.wrongplanet.net/ to get an idea of what life is like for Aspergeans and what Aspergeans think of everyone else in the world. ---FutilitistPlease Register or Log in to view the hidden image!