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Everything is a Spectrum

Breaking news: Autism isn't binary (not autistic / autistic), but instead it's a spectrum (not autistic ⇄ autistic). This, per the description in the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the DSM-IV, published in 1994. In the DSM-IV, autism was categorized as a discrete spectrum, with separable levels like "Asperger's… Continue reading Everything is a Spectrum

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Most Things are Terrible: My Optimism

(Content warning: Deep, all-encompassing pessimism. If you read to the end I promise a deep kernel of optimism as a reward.) I'm often accused of being naively optimistic. Not so! I, too, believe that mostly everything is terrible. More precisely: Almost everything is false; almost everything is suffering; almost everything is bad; almost no-one is… Continue reading Most Things are Terrible: My Optimism

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Hypocrisy Arguments Cut Two Ways

I'm worried about the use of what I'll call hypocrisy arguments, which take the following form: P1) Group A says they believe/support X.P2) But Group A also says they believe/support ~Y (meaning "not Y", or "the opposite of Y").--------------(THEREFORE)----------------------C1) ...what hypocrites Group A must be! This sort of argument is often used by Republicans/Democrats to… Continue reading Hypocrisy Arguments Cut Two Ways