Thoughts from Andrew

Science

At its purest, science is a language in which to understand human variations, to see how they can be mapped in the brain and the body, to calculate what gives rise to them, to provide options to alter them without dictating when to do so. Science is the locus both of triumphs—cures for conditions from which people would like to be free—and of damage—the institutionalization of a dubious superiority.

When I was two, Time magazine wrote, "Even in purely nonreligious terms, homosexuality represents a misuse of the sexual faculty. It is a pathetic…

Social progress is making disabling conditions easier to live with just as medical progress is eliminating them. There is something tragic about this…

The deaf alliance in Bengkala is extremely free in every sense except geography; their freedom is predicated on a linguistic fluency shared only in their…

Jason lives in a lonely demographic. He is too bright for most others with Down Syndrome; they can’t keep up with his verbal abilities, his puns, his…

"I'll tell them all the good things and some difficulties. The parents may never accept what happened to them, and yet accept their child. They’re…

"There is probably an interplay between personality and the deficit.You and I could have similar deficiencies, but we would make different choices.…

"Genius is an abnormality, too." — Temple Grandi

Jae Davis would say, "Here's 200 dollars. You're going to come into the next room, where we've hidden something. And you'll try and guess what it…

The betrayal of schizophrenia is its irrational juxtaposition of things that vanish and things that don’t.

Paul and Freda, who now have two sons, live in terror of seeing them develop schizophrenia. They considered using a sperm donor, but couldn’t bring…

John Krystal said, "The earlier you are in any mental disease process, the less you know what you’re dealing with. Earlier intervention is almost…

Mad Pride represents the literalization of the old saw about the lunatics taking over the asylum. In their own view, these activists are throwing off…

"The problem in psychiatric diagnosis is that we have gone from an analog to a digital model, in which things are matters not of complex degrees…

"Newtonian physics works well in most cases, but not in extreme cases. As Einstein pointed out, it fails at high speeds. Relativity explains that…

"Severe epileptic fits should have been killing her. That was nature's way of destroying person. But, no. There was a drug that could stop the spasms.…

"Genius is an abnormality, and abnormalities do not come one at a time. Many gifted kids have ADD or OCD or Asperger’s. When the parents are confronted…

In 2008, there were 774,000 gang members in the U.S., almost half of them juveniles, belonging to 28,000 gangs

Kirk joined the Air Force and lived as a masculine man—until he hanged himself in 2003 at 38. His sister said, "The research has a postscript that…

"The idea that in order for a child to express his or her authentic identity, there has to be a dramatic physiological intervention challenges our…

From the time George was conceived until that day, I had kept thinking how ironic it would be if, in the midst of writing about exceptional children,…

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