Autism is a social condition.

Rather, in the way that loud, rhythmic music is a symptom of puberty, the sudden rise in autism is a manifestation of extreme societal change. Both transitions are characterized by a radical hormonal shift.

The autistic person is a normal person time-traveling here from the distant past to the present where his or her gifts are only about to be understood.

Our genetic history is stored like a pocket roadmap of an almost endless roller coaster ride, tracking, among other things, the hormonal fluctuations of our ancestors. A patriarchal past stores a history of high testosterone males and low testosterone females. Further back in time, our genes tell us we lived matrifocal lives with high testosterone females and low testosterone males. Back further still, we were just learning to use language in dance-driven tribal bands where females were revered societal leaders. Unceasing music was the rhythm of their life.

Almost half of these male band members were left handed. Females were far more verbally articulate than men. The males were often relatively tall and lanky. Puberty arrived unusually late. Dancing was the center of their life.

A million or more years of sexual selection with powerful females picking the best male dancers was coming to an end. Males had been selected by the women for neotenous features that included cooperative natures, creativity and the big brains that made them extravagant dancers. Females were revered for all these things plus their management skills. They were marshalling infants to adulthood with no fathers; only brothers helped provide.

The great shift from matrifocal to patrifocal social structure began perhaps 40,000 years ago when language firmly bridged over from mostly the females to both women and men. About 25,000 years ago, the archeological record reveals that the human brain was beginning to grow smaller. Great dancers were not the cat’s pajamas anymore. Men were also picked by females for their gifts with words. Right-handers proliferated. The history hormone roller coaster had finished peaking and was now picking up speed as it headed down.

Perhaps 1,000 generations later, we’ve hit bottom. The roller coaster is starting again up hill. Our future is filled with child-like creators as the autistic begin a much delayed return.


This entry was posted on Thursday, May 15th, 2008 at 6:24 am and is filed under Art, Autism, lefthanded, Neoteny, Sexual Selection, Sexual Selection/Social Structure, Testosterone & Estrogen. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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  1. tony bateson on July 28, 2008 5:18 am

    I’m not sure whether it is appropriate to comment on the outpourings of a bonkers group with nothing to do but spout nonsense but I was brought to this thread from a heading that said ‘the cause of autism is here and its not vaccines’. Well its not nonsense either.

    About vaccines, if there are no unvaccinated autistic kids in the UK which I believe to be the case then its not scientifically demonstrated that autism is caused by vaccines but in terms of probibilities it seems to be highly likely that vaccines are the cause.

    Yet no-one seems to care! In dozens of comments left on this blog and others no-one has given me any indication that unvaccinated autistic kids are to be found anywhere.

    What is the ratio of autism to the population of three year olds in California today. Since withdrawing Thimerosal effectively around 2004 some thousands of kids have been born and vaccinated in Caliufornia. Can some one tell me how many autistic kids in this group please.

    Tony Bateson

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