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I am an Autistic person,not a person with autism. I am also not Aspergers. The diagnosis isn't even in the DSM anymore, and yes, I agree with the consolidation of all autistic spectrum stuff under one umbrella. I have other issues with the DSM.

I don't like Autism Speaks. I'm Disabled, not differently abled, and I am an Autistic activist. Self-advocate is true, but incomplete.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Yes, people are that gullible

Ever heard of the DHMO hoax? Well, people actually fall for it. College students who have taken biology (and probably chemistry, given that most bio is molecular bio nowadays) FALL FOR IT. So before you say about anything, "Oh, no one is that gullible," remember DHMO. Yes, we are that gullible. That's why we have things like anti-vaccination people suggesting that chelation is a good way to detox from a vaccine, and it's why people still think vaccines cause autism (They don't, BTW), and it's why people try things like bleach enemas to cure autism. It's why urban legends refuse to die. It's probably a big piece of why most privileges work the way they do. People are naturally inclined to believe what they are told. It's just how the world is. I won't claim that I never fall for annything, because that's just not true. But I will point out that I am not scared of all chemicals because I am aware that water is a chemical too. I'm scared of ones that could kill me in doses that science says could kill me. (Yes, that means that the idea of drinking two gallons of distilled water scares me, or it would if I rated it as likely to happen. I also understand statistics reasonably well, and know that causation and correlation are different things.)

1 comment:

  1. There is a direct correlation between the disappearance of practicing pirates and climate change.


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