Drug-induced autism

By chemical brother · Jan 30, 2008 · Updated Feb 1, 2008 · ·
  1. chemical brother
    It says a new drug can turn you autistic and back again to block out any need for distraction, sounds a little bit intense to actually turn yourself retarded. Bonus points for the first person to try it.

    Need to finish that work project, and wish you had the mental intensity to do it? Just take a synapse-regulating inhibitor, induce temporary autism, and you'll want to ignore your friends and do nothing but number-crunching for days. Autism-inducers could become as popular as Provigil among the geek set by 2020. Last night, in fact, a group German researchers announced they'd perfected the method for inducing autism. (They can also cure it.)

    Over the past year, researchers have demonstrated several times that they can turn mice autistic by messing with brain chemistry -- and then "cure" them using the same techniques. The discoveries could lead to a scenario similar to the one in Vernor Vinge's novel A Deepness in the Sky, where people are given a brain treatment called "focusing" that essentially turns them autistic and makes them obsessive, detail-oriented workers.

    It might also lead to recreational autism, where people who want to take a break from having messy emotions about other people decide to unplug and enter a state where human relationships are no more important than inanimate objects.

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  1. CrakkBakk
    Re: Recreational Autism


    I would bet that parents would actaully force their children to take this.
  2. Matt The Funk
    Re: Recreational Autism

    I'd be willing to try anything once. I dunno how it would really be different than any other "drug".
  3. Metomni
    Re: Recreational Autism

    SWIM would rather just do a few lines of coke.
  4. bcubed
    Re: Recreational Autism

    Well, there's a whole spectrum of autism. Are we talking Asperger's-level autism (social ineptness, etc), rainman-level, or Tommy-level (can't interact with outside world except to play pinball)?

    That's just creepy...might inspire certain governments to give to troops, etc, to prevent annoying bouts of empathy or humanity from interfering with the mission.
  5. Matt The Funk
    Re: Recreational Autism

    SWIM doesn't see how that would be ANYTHING at ALL like autism...
  6. AntiAimer
    Re: Recreational Autism

    That'd be cool if the side effects are bearable.

    Suddenly become great at math or a great artist.
  7. enquirewithin
    Re: Recreational Autism

    I seriously doubt that anyone would find recreational autism the least bit cool. People who work with the autistic might find such an experience useful. It would likely be very distressing, if, indeed, possible.
  8. Bajeda
    Re: Recreational Autism

    Please post the entire article when you make a thread for it, don't just give the link.

    I don't know how the drug would work as the article isn't very descriptive, but I don't think soldiers would be very efficient at combat on it. The communication issues alone could render the whole plan ineffective, and if the drug mimics autism well there would be plenty of other logistical issues to get in the way. Maybe if a lose dose would just reduce emotional response it could be used, but most of the symptoms of autism wouldn't be conducive to a combat zone.
  9. ipomaniac
    Re: Recreational Autism

    maybe it would be useful for training the troops. i aint sure that this thing does work as we all think it does. that'd be an utopia. everyone could be a professional at everthing then.
    the expectations might be far away from the truth. the same thing happened with lsd when they thought this will make the troops better for combats
  10. Metomni
    Re: Recreational Autism

    "SWIM doesn't see how that would be ANYTHING at ALL like autism..."

    If you read the article they use the term "autism" but they don't discuss the actual symptoms this drug gives. We could assume they mean simply the most common form, but there's no way from that article that they conveyed what it actually does to you.

    The only information it gave was that it might "help you be able to get things done" in the first paragraph.

    SWIM was just saying that with that information, if that's all it does, coke would be just as good.

    Honestly, SWIM is pretty pessimistic about the good qualities and possible applications of a drug like this, but he's willing to see how the process of it's production goes.
  11. old hippie 56
    Re: Recreational Autism

    swim got a cousin that has autism, why would anyone want to take a drug that would causes this?
  12. enquirewithin
    Re: Recreational Autism

    Exactly! I have met quite a few kids with varying degrees of autism and its not an enviable state. They are not all smart like the Rain Man!
  13. old hippie 56
    Re: Recreational Autism

    Savant autism is a rarity in itself, the cousin is a gentle giant but has a mean streak when they change his meds around.
  14. Mint boi
    Re: Recreational Autism

    My little brother is autistic and, I find it slightly of, scratch that, extremely fucked up, that anyone would want to inflict the condition on themselves temporarily as a "recreational High". He's not that bad, but i've seen the way some of those kids suffer from their condition, and this shit is just stupid.

    I think we're slightly above using degrading terminology like that...
  15. OiledMandible
    Re: Recreational Autism

    Depends on how drunk you are.
  16. Mint boi
    Re: Recreational Autism

    The person who wrote that article has no idea what autism is it seems, to claim that being autistic means not caring about inter human relationships any more than inanimate objects is at best negligently uneducated. There is just so much wrong with the article, I don't even know where to begin
  17. KyleR22
    Re: Recreational Autism

    Saying retarded or retardation isn't insulting IMO. Calling somebody a "retard" might be these days, but mental retardation is a real disability and I'm not sure why using the words in a correct context would be seen as insulting.
  18. Mint boi
    Re: Recreational Autism

    Well in that case, if we are to use it in its correct context, a "retard" is someone with an iq of 70 or under, which is incorrect in alot/most of cases of autism anyway. I still think, due to common usage "retard" is a derogatory term. I've never once heard a medical professional, or anyone in the field of mental illness use the term retard, or any other grammatical variation of it for that matter
  19. enquirewithin
    Re: Recreational Autism

    "Retarded," 'retard" and 'tard' all sound derogatory. However:

  20. Matt The Funk
    Re: Recreational Autism

    SWIM doesn't see how it would be THAT unbearable... it would be interesting for someone like SWIM who likes different states of mind...of course he may not find it useful for learning or recreational, but it's the experience itself as well.
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