Domestication and Human Evolution: The Domesticated Brain; Neotenous Gene Expression in the Developing Human Brain; The Domestication Syndrome and Neural Crest Cells: A Unifying Hypothesis
Video: Neotenous Gene Expression in the Developing Human Brain – indications in Autism: Autism (in social development) is NOT the result of neotenous gene expression in neuron and synapse development. It’s the neurotypical brain that expresses neoteny in neuron and synapse development.
Video: The Domestication Syndrome and Neural Crest Cells: A Unifying Hypothesis – Indications in neurotypical development – selection for tameness (which is the lack of fear in a domesticated animal of the proximity to and handling by humans) is the result of developmental delay of the fear response that is normal in wild animals; developmental delay allows for socialization. Asperger types experience anxiety and fear levels common in wild animals. We are not tame, nor can we be tamed.
The severe prejudice against Asperger types is due to our “wild” nature.
Very strong support for my contention that Asperger individuals are much closer to “wild” adult humans (our non-neotenic ancestors). It is modern social humans that are developmentally delayed – selected for tameness – made possible (like all domestic animals) by neotenic delay in the transitory neural crest. (see video)