RE: Fwd: The Geek Syndrome

From: Robert J. Bradbury (
Date: Mon Dec 17 2001 - 05:02:44 MST

On Mon, 17 Dec 2001, Damien Broderick wrote:

> Robert, my dear pal and benefactor--I think I'd have to counsel you against
> making placing such revelations on the net. They'll come back to bite you
> (and maybe the rest of us, by contagion) on the ass.

Lord, the 2nd time in 3 months people have expressed an opinion with
regard to 'censoring' my expressions.

I guess I'll have to write it off to: "Q7: Other people frequently tell me
that what I've said is impolite, even though I think it is polite." to which
I "slightly agreed".

I will defend it from the perspective of "Here is a perspective".
I do not know if is the "best" or "right' perspective, but it is
a perspective with both (a) some experience; and (b) some reason
behind the perspective. So it is a "defensible" position.
I would challenge people to assay the progress that would occur
in our society if all individauls attempted to conform to the median.

> But I think that announcing one's autism or Aspergerish nature might prove,
> at least in the short term, the social equivalent of confessing to being a
> kleptomaniac or a compulsive womanizer. The public might tend thereafter to
> disregard one's utterances, however unfairly (especially if they involve
> plans to tear down the solar system for spare parts).

Well, I'm on the record with regard to tearing down the solar system
so I don't think there is much salvation by renouncing my position there.

Perhaps the best I can do is announce that there is little to attract
my kleptomaniac tendencies (why steal something when one could invent
something better) and the only point to womanizing is to practice it
on individuals who can enjoy and appreciate such entertainments.
I suspect that is a relatively small fraction of the overall population.


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