I suspect what ‘they’ll’ end up finding is autism is like the common cold: similar symptoms but with a multitude of causes. In short, not finely grained enough — too broad of a category right now.
We’ve JUST gotten beyond “refrigerator mother” theory for autism historically… there’s a harrowing documentary on that that will give you chills if you have any empathy at all. The shit they put these moms through not that long ago.
It is. I try not to get too married to evo psych ideas as they’re often just-so stories – but I’m glad people keep putting puzzle pieces together and trying.
Myself, I’m definitely ADHD and probably on the autistic spectrum somewhere. I also have a lot of Neanderthal variants. Connection? Quite possibly. I’m keeping my eyes open on this one to see what develops.