Re: Sociopaths (was Re: Reforming Education)
Sun, 24 Oct 1999 18:56:19 -0700

Phil Osborn, <>, writes:
> >>Anyway, in a recent edition of the local paper there was a report on a
> >>particular syndrome that has been identified as genetically based.
> >
> >>The typical behavioral symptoms are things like inability to respond
> >>appropriately
> >in social settings, misinterpreting social signals completely,
> >>failure to abide by social norms of dress and grooming, often accompanied
> >>by strange physical gait or tics. They noted that many such people are
> >>highly intelligent and productive and that a high percentage of the
> >>afflicted are in fact considered top computer programmers - so-called
> >>"super-programmers", who can work at blinding speed for long intense
> >>stretches of total concentration, but are useless in social settings.

Clint O'Dell, <>, responds:
> >Sounds like some reporter just made this up. How many people are effected
> >aparently? And where are the records?

I believe Phil is describing Asperger's Syndrome, an autism-like develomental disorder which displays many aspects of the popular sterotype of "nerdish" behavior. You can find more information at

However I could not find any references indicating that a genetic basis had been found for this problem.