Sunday, February 19, 2012
Researching way to banish synaesthesia as a treatment for autistic hypersensitivity - double bad!
The scary bit is in the last three paragraphs:
Dayton, Lily (2012) The blended senses of synesthesia. Los Angeles Times. February 20th 2012.
Some quotes from the article:
"No one is trying to cure synesthesia — ..."
"I think that what they're experiencing is a form of synesthesia where instead of some sense connecting to their color area, it's connecting to an area involving pain or aversion or nausea," Eagleman says. "If that's true, what we're doing in synesthesia will give us an actual molecular target for helping that."
Oh, so they are trying to cure synaesthesia, but only synaesthesia in people who don't identify as synaesthetes. No problem!
It has been years since the Eagleman Lab at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston started researching the genetics of synesthesia. As I have observed a number of years ago at this blog, there can be only one reason why any research team would be so keen to identify the genetics of some variation or condition - eugenics or a "treatment" or a "cure" for something. This story merely confirms something that has been beyond doubt for a long time. It is no coincidence that the Baylor College of Medicine is the same research institution that was at the centre of a controversy in 2006 about a supposed prenatal test for autism: http://www.aspiesforfreedom.com/showthread.php?tid=3840&page=1