Emotions are physical responses to the environment which make up part of MIND, which is the “sum total of an organisms reactions to the environment”.
Socially Modern Humans have created a set of emotion-words that actually remove “authentic emotion” from reality to the supernatural domain. These words establish socially-acceptable responses that limit self-awareness and expression to meaningless gestures approved by social authorities. Love, hate, etc.
Aspergers do have mild to severe social responses (emotions) that neurotypicals can’t understand “experientially”. Neurotypicals assume that if they don’t recognize emotional “behavior” outside their repertoire of NAMED and ALLOWABLE emotions, then the other person “lacks emotion” or empathy (more later). But just because a neurotypical is unable to imagine a “foreign” emotion, doesn’t mean that Aspergers lack emotion.
There is no piece of our brain that is missing. We use our brains in ways that are predictable for OUR TYPE of brain. We are analytical and “see” the environment in ways that neurotypicals do not. Analysis is our prime method of processing information and the source of information is direct sensory experience, aided by trustworthy and proven opinion. The neurotypical source of information is other social humans (hearsay, prejudice). Little ability to apply common sense, reasoning or critical thinking appears to be present in neurotypicals; the accuracy of information is not a concern, but social conformity is.
Analyzing information is what we do, whether or not we are inclined to art, math, music, or science. Analysts don’t have to be Aspergers. Many neurotypicals are social thinkers and analyze social environments; workplaces, corporations, political behavior, economics and education, history…and apply analysis to many other areas of human activity.
Case in point, and much more rare, is an Asperger (me) who analyzes social beliefs and structures, because these social assumptions form an essential component of the claim that Aspergers is a pathology that defies social control. Many “helping, fixing, caring” neurotypicals therefore insist that Aspergers must be reeducated, trained, or coerced into “hiding themselves” behind unnatural mimicry in order to be less objectionable to “normal people”. This exposes a longstanding “lack of empathy” that dominates modern social behavior toward animals and “neurocomplex human animals. If a species can’t be domesticated, kill it off. Big cats and predatory canids and bears have been slaughtered without mercy. If a “wild species” competes with domesticated types (bison vs. cattle) kill them off. If a group of wild or tribal humans exists: kill them off.
One behavior that Asperger individuals lack, and for which we can be forever thankful, is the neurotypical compulsion to destroy the earth: every human, animal, plant, landscape, ocean and the atmosphere must be destroyed. It is doubtful that this insanity will stop until Homo sapiens destroys Homo sapiens.