Friday, May 11, 2007

Badassitude and the autistic spectrum: there is no such thing as too much testosterone

Charles XII of Sweden
“… by all accounts was pretty hardcore.”

The Blues Brothers
“There is just something about these two hapless brothers and their wild adventures that makes you totally pumped up and ready to crash a car through a window while smoking cigarettes, wearing a black suit and listening to James Brown.”

Paul Dirac
“He was a virtual black hole of destruction”

Moby Dick (book written by Herman Melville)
“80-ton, hate-filled, murderous embodiment of God's Wrath.”

The Microsoft Xbox (made by Bill’s company)
“Just turning the power on makes me so pumped up that I want to start kicking shit, pounding on my chest and bodyslamming my television.”

References mentioning some famous people and autism

Baron-Cohen, Simon (2003) The essential difference. Penguin Books.

[Paul Dirac, Einstein, Newton, William Shockley …]

Caplan, Arthur (2005) Would you have allowed Bill Gates to be born?: advances in prenatal genetic testing pose tough questions. May 31 2005.

Elmer-DeWitt, Philip and Farley, Christopher Joh (1994) Diagnosing Bill Gates. Time. Vol. 142 Issue 4:p 25.

Fitzgerald, Michael (2005) The genesis of artistic creativity: Asperger’s syndrome and the arts. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

[Herman Melville and others]

Gillberg, C. (2002) [Charles XII seems to have fulfilled all the criteria of Asperger syndrome] (article in Swedish) Lakartidningen. 2002 Nov. 28;99 (48):4837-8.
[Charles XII of Sweden]

Gross, Terri. (2004) Comedian – and writer – Dan Aykroyd. Fresh Air. NPR. November 22 2004.
[Dan Aykroyd (of the Blues Brothers) discusses his childhood diagnosis at around 29 minutes into this radio interview]

James, Ioan (2004) Remarkable physicists: from Galileo to Yukawa. Cambridge University Press.

[Dirac, Newton, Cavendish, Einstein]

Lagerkvist, B. (2002) [Charles XII had all symptoms of Asperger syndrome: stubbornness, a stereotyped existence and lack of compassion] (article in Swedish) Lakartidningen. 2002 Nov. 28;99(48):4874-8.
[Charles XII of Sweden]

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