Blogging about Thinking

Kev just nominated me for a Thinking Blogger award.

The official rules for participation in the Thinking Blogger Awards meme are as follows:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote.

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Ilker Yoldas, the originator of this meme, also enjoins us to “Please, remember to tag blogs with real merits, i.e. relative content, and above all – blogs that really get you thinking!” Apart from feeling a buzz because Kev has nominated me in this category, I also feel obliged to choose carefully. This may be a bit of fun. But it is serious fun. It gives me an excuse to think about the themes that have informed this blog since its inception in November 2005.

  • Debunking autism quackery and exposing its exploitation of parents’ fears.
    • This is really about exposing bad science and Ben Goldacre’s weekly BadScience column in the Guardian, also published as a blog, does this and so much more. He has taken down the Geiers, Wakefield, and their media friends like Melanie Phillips.
  • Championing real parental concerns for their children because when these concerns are dismissed by mainstream practitioners it drives parents into the hands of the purveyors of autism quackery.
  • Educating the professionals about the reality of autism because up to date knowledge is making existing practise redundant.
    • Michelle Dawson is a remarkable autistic adult whose collaborations with Profesor Mottron in Canada and  Professor Gernsbacher in the USA have done a lot to forward this aim.
  • Arguing for neurodiversity and autism acceptance because they can provide the basis for a positive intervention in the lives of of autistic people.
  • Recognizing that within science there are legitimate differences and disputes. We can be on different sides while exercising mutual respect.
    • I would recommend a website but I have already exhausted my quota. Maybe next weekend I will find time to blog about this question exclusively. It does seem to me to be of the utmost importance that, as the cultish believers in anti=science sink into obsurity, we successfully engage with the intellectually valid disputes within the life sciences in which we find giants like Pinker against Rose and, if he had not died before his time from cancer, Gould against Dawkins. Arguments about genetic determinism and autopoeisis go to the heart of the disputes within the autism community about the consequences of seeking a cure versus the potential benefits of respect for the condition of autism.

5 thoughts on “Blogging about Thinking

  1. Thanks Mike S.

    You’ve reminded me that I’ve had the honour of being named a Thinking Blogger by Autism Diva.

    Both you and the Diva would be on my list, if I ever get round to producing one (and there’s probably a rule about tagging people who’ve tagged you). I don’t read a lot of blogs, but Sharon’s is definitely one of my favourites.

    Re Pinker vs Rose, their views of autism may coincide. I see autism as a pretty good litmus test of scientists and their theories.

    Steven Pinker’s views of autistics (he lumps us in with chimpanzees and robots) are well-known.

    I can’t find the Sunday Times review Dr Rose wrote about Peter Hobson’s book (The Cradle of Thought), but Dr Rose’s praise for this book is on its jacket. Peter Hobson (who is both a psychoanalyst and a cognitive scientist) dehumanizes autistics more thoroughly than Dr Pinker does. (Also, see Dr Hobson quoting Dr Rose in favour of psychoanalysis here).

    It’s possible I’m being unfair to Dr Rose, whose work I’m mostly unfamiliar with, but Dr Hobson’s work is dependent on the dehumanization of autistics, which is a prominent feature of his book.

  2. Flippin’ ‘eck Mike, I never expected that!

    Thank you, and thanks to Michelle for her comment above also. It’s high praise to have my wee blog recommended by the 2 of you, whom I highly respect.

  3. I am therefore I think, at least I think I am.

    It is logically absurd to believe in the existence of any blog wherein some though was not engaged in its production for even bot generated blogs necessitated the primum mobile of someone who thought up the idea of bot generated blogs in the first place. Now theres a thought.

    The thinking person’s blogger indeed. In my time I have seen Joan Bakewell described as the thinking mans crumpet and the late Lord Clarke of Civilisation being described as an intellectual pin up.

  4. It looks as though your idea of a “thinking blogger” is one who shares your neurodiversity ideology. Far from independent thinking, your tags suggest a tendency towards preaching to the converted.

  5. Thanks for the tag, Mike. As far as Canadian government is so far concerned, Autism Crisis and Joy of Autism are ignored. Autism Reality NB confirms that every day. That is our reality. Hope it will change to embrace ALL families living with autism.

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