Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Einstein, Newton: Autistic?

Scientists at Cambridge and Oxford believe that Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein may have both had a form of autism called Asperger's Syndrome. Some of the symptoms of Asperger's include eccentricity, social awkwardness, and tendencies toward obsessive focus on complex subjects. Check and check. As a child, Einstein was a social outcast who repeated single sentences over and over. He became more adjusted as an adult, but he also retained his fair share of eccentricities, including wearing the same clothes every day and fucking any pretty young thing that looked at him sideways. Newton's symptoms were even more severe. He was testy, intensely focused, and was so single minded that he'd lecture to empty rooms. Of course, it's possible that these are also just symptoms of superior intelligence and the tendency for geniuses to function slightly outside the norms of our rube-based society. But if Newton and Einstein did have Asperger's, this is just proof of what Jenny McCarthy's been saying all along. If those evil vaccines hadn't tainted their minds, the world would be a much better place. More details here.

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