Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day

In honor of fathers and their longevity, I thought I'd link to a couple of recent findings.

First, growing evidence suggests a positive correlation between father's age and child's autism.

Second, new evidence suggests a positive correlation between father's age and child's longevity.

Of course, we shouldn't see this as a black and white tradeoff between autism and longevity. In autism, there are many shades of grey, and, as Temple Grandin reminds us, a world without autism spectrum people would be a world of technically backwards babblers potentially free of scientists.

Of course, keeping our supply of scientists flowing requires the persistence not only of certain types of brains, but of certain types of classrooms. Regarding this, I have a proposal out on Slate that could use your vote!

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