Species that are candidates for domestication / Favorable vs. Unfavorable Characteristics
Modern social humans are “domesticated” Homo sapiens – the result of intensive change in behaviors that developed as archaic Homo sapiens began to live in higher population densities and adapted to the requisite lifestyle changes due to agriculture. Selection was for characteristics favorable to domestication. That is, only humans pre-adapted to living in “gregarious social groups” would be accepted in concentrated “urban” populations that organized into male-dominated social hierarchies.
The “old style” wild Homo sapiens, whose characteristics were not favorable for domestication. It is my “opinion” that Asperger types today are remnants of pre-agriculture, pre-domestication, pre-urban Homo sapiens. We are not “defective” modern social humans; we are stranded in the wrong cultures and environments – domestic environments. Our sensory perceptions are unlike those of domesticated humans and are VERY REAL. (See study below) “Domestic” environments are simply “deadly” for us and produce high levels of anxiety.
Aspergers (we just happen to be stuck within modern hypersocial cultures) are not the only “wild humans” – remnants of indigenous peoples barely survive, and like thousands of endangered animal species, are being steadily eliminated by destruction of their environments, and cultural genocide, by “normal” modern social humans who are destroying the planet.
More on this study later:
Over-Reactive Brain Responses to Sensory Stimuli in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Sensory over-responsivity (SOR), defined as a negative response to or avoidance of sensory stimuli, is both highly prevalent and extremely impairing in youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), yet little is known about the neurological bases of SOR. This study aimed to examine the functional neural correlates of SOR by comparing brain responses to sensory stimuli in youth with and without ASD.
This study demonstrates that youth with ASD show neural hyper-responsivity to sensory stimuli, and that behavioral symptoms of SOR may be related to both heightened responsivity in primary sensory regions as well as areas related to emotion processing, and regulation.
Imagine a wild animal being “captured” by humans for study: most must be tranquilized or otherwise sedated in order to be handled by humans. Yeah – that’s what it can feel like for “us”!