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September 23, 2003

Abnormal is just deviation from the normal? (From: Tautology files)

Future Pundit posts on some new research by Robert Plomin indicating that abnormal cognitive function (learning disabilities) is the tail end of the normal spectrum. Kind of reminds me of the arguments over Asperger's Syndrome-is it an illness, or part of the normal human continuum? As we've noted before-assortive mating by IQ, personality and occupation might be resulting in an increase in the number of people expressing the symptom's of Aspergers-where before the various locii might be smeared throughout the population, they are now being brought together in the children of newly affluent and socially acceptable (marginally) geeks.

Posted by razib at 02:24 PM