Recreational Autism?

February 8, 2008

Wow – this is fascinating research, which is perilously close to becoming available by the sounds of things.

Neuroscience: One Pill Makes You Autistic — And One Pill Changes You Back

Over the past year, researchers have demonstrated several times that they can turn mice autistic by messing with brain chemistry — and then “cure” them using the same techniques. The discoveries could lead to a scenario similar to the one in Vernor Vinge’s novel A Deepness in the Sky, where people are given a brain treatment called “focusing” that essentially turns them autistic and makes them obsessive, detail-oriented workers.

It might also lead to recreational autism, where people who want to take a break from having messy emotions about other people decide to unplug and enter a state where human relationships are no more important than inanimate objects.

Today’s Tweets

February 8, 2008
  • 10:05 testing twitter through my Nokia E65’s JoikuSpot ad-hoc wifi (thx @mpesce) #
  • 10:15 getting a status report ready for the JoikuSpot peeps – PowerBook G4 1.25GHz, OS X 10.3.9, Nokia E65 1.0633.18.01 on Three in Oz works! #
  • 11:30 @agronaught iPhoto printing *may* be limited to iPhoto 08, that could be the problem … might be time for me to upgrade 🙂 #
  • 11:31 @ToG @gregdwyer is looking to place people right now – give him a holler (works for Happener with @eskimo_sparky) #
  • 11:31 @gregdwyer sending @ToG your way. That’ll be two from me now 🙂 #
  • 11:35 @Marketing_Queen what would you be competing in at the Easter Show? #
  • 11:37 downloading my loot from #
  • 11:41 @lizbdavis I vote go for it too – it should be expected that articles start their lives as blog posts these days #
  • 11:49 @gnoll110 in that case @nickhodge was right to update the song #
  • 12:38 my twitter timeline is borked – replies not appearing in main timeline etc… *Sighs* #
  • 13:58 @bck I’m planning on being at the Overflow at Olympic Park for the second Music by Moonlight – Best of Broadway. Rain will hold off, right? #
  • 15:03 @elisfanclub great photo – hope there’s more as Sydney is completely overcast at the moment 😦 #
  • 15:09 as soon as I said Sydney was overcast the sun came out, but I can’t see any eclipsing (not looking direct, of course) when’s the peak effect #
  • 17:43 new iconic avatar … lol. This is what happens when you start cleaning out teh old junk #
  • 18:15 Big finance night at home tonight – yay us! #

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