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Temple Grandin: "If by some magic, autism had been eradicated from the face of the earth, then men would still be socializing in front of a wood fire at the entrance to a cave. Because who do you think made the first stone spears? The Asperger guy."
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Vernon L. Smith
Vernon L. Smith received the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. In this interview with the CNBC, he says that Asperger has helped him with his career. These are the last words:
CNBC: "There are people who think that a number of highly influential executives may have Asperger's or are on the autism spectrum. Is that society making a judgement or is it coming to realize that there are different kinds of minds? "
Smith: "I think it's different kinds of minds, and the recognition that certain mental deficiencies may actually have some selective advantages in terms of activities. We've lost a lot of the barriers that have to do with skin color and with various other characteristics. But there's still not sufficient recognition of mental diversities. And we don't all have to think alike to be communal and to live in a productive and satisfying world."
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