Autism: A disorder or new breed of transhuman?

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image from Daily Galaxy

For some time know I have suspected that the growing incidence of autism spectrum disorders is evidence that the human species is mutating in preparation for the Aquarian Age.  Aquarius is the sign of innovation and radical departure from the known and the ordinary, and it also represents the realm of reason and the transpersonal.  Mr. Spock in Star Trek was the quintessential Aquarian personality, and President Obama, with Aquarius rising, is known for his Spock-like detachment and reason.  (Something that’s getting him in trouble now, but that’s another story…)

Now certain genetic traits in autistic people that differ from genetic activity in people without autism.

The scientists compared the DNA of almost 1,000 people with autism with DNA from almost 1,300 people who do not have the disorder. The findings, described Wednesday in the journal Nature, show that the collection of developmental disabilities known as autism spectrum disorder involve dozens of genes and numerous combinations of rare mutations – so many that patients may each have a unique form [emphasis added].

I’ve written quite a bit about autism over the years and this concept of human mutation, and it appears that science is now catching up with speculative research.  Many people with autism have exceptional skills (rent the recent HBO film on Temple Grandin, it’s quite amazing), as in the case of autistic savants.

This is not universally true, of course, and the lives of autistic children or adults and their families are often filled with stress and despair.  But whether humans are mutating as the result of environmental forces or to adapt to a New Age of human experience, treating this sort of transformation as a disorder does little to help the adaptation process.

about a time in the not-too-distant future when technological intelligence will surpass human intelligence, and there will be a melding of man and machine.  If we can adopt a new way of looking at autism, and see this as a transformational development in human history rather than a disorder, perhaps the process can be made a little less painful and even a bit exciting as we head into a Brave New World.  Because really, we don’t have a choice.


3 Comments

  1. Deirdre June 10, 2010 at 7:29 am

    I have noticed the Galactic Center (28° Sagittarius) being accented in some way in charts of children on the autism spectrum. I associate the Galactic Center as bearing the essence of creatures’ rights (not just human rights but also animal rights, plants’ rights and aliens’ rights). The Galactic Center also accents to me that we come into the world with nothing and we leave with nothing. This year with the next couple of Jupiter-Uranus conjunctions in Pisces, maybe we can see some compassionate development, as you suggest, as Jupiter is the ruler of the Galactic Center, Uranus is innovation and Pisces is compassion.

  2. KD June 10, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I think it’s also entirely possible that these children, and the ones with deadly allergies, are screaming a message to use about the type of unsustainable lifestyle we’ve chosen to pursue. A lifestyle that enriches the few, impoverishes the many, and leaves the earth barren at it’s end. Autism also has strong links to the addition of fetal cells in vaccine:

  3. lokasiwisata.info June 11, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Hi Xenia, I have indeed heard of Human Design and I wish I had time to read more about it. There have been many writers that suggest that the energetic systems of humans are expanding and many suggest that the chakra system is expanding up to twelve chakras and beyond. I have not heard the word “interrregnum” used in connection to Pluto or astrology at all, it usually denotes a period between two governmental cycles.

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