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Asperger's Syndrome: "The Engineer's Disease"
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 10:52 am    Post subject: Asperger's Syndrome: "The Engineer's Disease" Reply with quote

http://www.pbs.org/kcet/wiredscience/story/15-the_engineer_s_disease.html
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This made me chuckle. My father is an engineer (though I like to call him an enginerd) and has an MsC in engineering and robotics, plus a degree in instrumentation. He is not an aspie, but I am. I have done work placements there often, and like to visit his work to see what exciting adventures they get up to (electrical engineering, works at the National Grid). It does make good sense that a lot of aspies work as engineers, due to the logic involved in such a career. Myself, I did consider a career in engineering or computing but now I wish to study psychology. So yes, I'd agree there is a definate correlation. Good article.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Except for those of us that are rubbish at higher mathematics...
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not an engineer, nor do I think I would be very good at it, but it does seem like Aspie job.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My father worked as an electronics engineer and he comes across as having some aspie like traits.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2008 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the worst sense of motor intituation so calling me an engineer is equivalent to calling me God Very Happy

Also, mathemetics is the atomic minefield for me, so I am already blown apart by my previous high school's bullshit science courses.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2008 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I come from a family of architects and engineers. my paternal grandfather was a chemical engineer for Standard oil-later exxon...there was something very eccentric/ASish/OCD about him and his brother, who was indeed a social recluse with some pretty severe AS-ish issues.
Um....his sister was an architecht.....My uncle (his son) is an architecht/inventor/artist/musician....very socially charismatic....my dad has been a draftsman...but ended up focusing on music and has been a piano salesman now for several years...

I personally was too busy struggling with sensory/development/social/learning difficulties to ever have developed any sort of aptitude towards engineering.
I am mildly dyslexic and have dyscalculea to boot.
Maybe if I had had rigorous and intensive training and discipline from a very early age....but nah...
It does run in my family though.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Then this article should make everyone here very happy --

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/17/technology/17data.html?scp=3&sq=engineers&st=cse
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