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Name: Real Name: Emily; Online Name: Sophist
Interests, hobbies, obsessions, perseverations etc: Interests/Obsessions: Abnormal Psychology (including, of course, Autistic Spectrum Disorders), Biopsychology, Neuropsychology, Neuroscience, poetry, art, paleoanthropology, collecting books, collecting science magazines such as Scientific American, Scientific American Mind, Discover, and Archeology, collecting movies, watching X-Files, Brit Coms, spending (too much) time on the computer, and collecting just about anything which catches my eye. --Thinking. I am also very fond of just sitting and thinking.
Perseverations: Reckless drivers, Conservative Republicans, US Bank, and discourtesy.

Year of birth: 1981
Profession, area of study, etc: I am currently in undergraduate school majoring in Psychology and minoring officially in German and unofficially in art. I plan on going to graduate school to get my PhD in Psychology and doing research.
Where you live in the world: St. Louis
Marital status, # of kids etc.: Single. Three cats, two mice.
Personal webpage url:
Comments: I received my positive assessment of Aspergers Syndrome through the Judevine Center for Autism in St. Louis. I am on several Aspie chat rooms consistently (#asperger and #autism on Starlink and #wrongplanet on freenode) and a couple forums (Wrong Planet Forum and Brain Talk: Aspergers forum).

From a higher-functioning autistic point of view, I am against the Cure for Autism. I would regret being any different than I am now if my parents had been offered a choice. I only wish if by "Cure" this meant that researchers were trying to separate the gifts from the deficits so that only the deficits were removed. But I know this isn't so-- if even genetically possible. There are too many things I can do which outweigh the things I cannot. What a pity if I hadn't been born this way. (I hope that didn't sound too narcissistic.)

"I'm sorry. If you were right, I'd agree with you." ~Robin Williams

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