How Asperger's Syndrome got us the geek culture (and how being obsessive might not be good all the time)

Posted on March 5, 2012 By newsguide Topic: Healthcare

Aspergher's greatest (or worst) gift to humanity might be the tech culture centered around the Silicon Valley and elsewhere in America, as geek gods such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg create multi-billion dollar tech companies, without sounding a bit like they are actually human at all. One often finds puff pieces about these tech billionaires and their obsessiveness, but one is not sure it is the healthy kind of obsessiveness - it can be manifested in greed and immorality, without the person fully knowing the ramifcations of his actions. From an interesting (and rare, for its length) post at Gawker:

 

The single "most distinguishing symptom" of Asperger Syndrome, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders, is "obsessive interest in a single object or topic to the exclusion of any other."


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