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Could Assortative Mating Explain Autism?

TobiasTheCommie Re:Publicity whore for a "scientist" (286 comments)

I never claimed to be a scientist, and i am not.

Also, there is just so much wrong with what you wrote that.. well, *meh*

about 3 years ago
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Could Assortative Mating Explain Autism?

TobiasTheCommie Re:Publicity whore for a "scientist" (286 comments)

Ehm, yes.. Of course.

There is a huge genetic factor. And quite often if you have an autistic child without autistic parents. You will still, quite often, see a lot of autistic traits in the parents.

Even if it isn't enough traits to actually gain them a diagnosis.

about 3 years ago
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Could Assortative Mating Explain Autism?

TobiasTheCommie Re:Publicity whore for a "scientist" (286 comments)

He should have discarded this idea already. The problem is that he doesn't discard them.

about 3 years ago
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Could Assortative Mating Explain Autism?

TobiasTheCommie Re:Publicity whore for a "scientist" (286 comments)

Well, during his last lecture i saw, i was way more amused than i have ever been by his cousin :

about 3 years ago
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Could Assortative Mating Explain Autism?

TobiasTheCommie Re:Publicity whore for a "scientist" (286 comments)

It is fairly apparent at this juncture in time that there is a genetic component to autism. But we just don't know yet.

It is also apparent that there is an environmental factor at work. There are many cases of identical twins where only one of them have autism.

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/06/autism_and_the_search_for_simp.php - This is a pretty good rundown of what we know on the genetic side so far.

about 3 years ago
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Could Assortative Mating Explain Autism?

TobiasTheCommie Re:Publicity whore for a "scientist" (286 comments)

Yes, but all Simon Baron-Cohen's hypothesis are just variants on the same idea.

"It happens in utero. for THIS reason"

Ehm, no it doesn't

"Ok, then it happens in utero for THIS reason"

Ehm, no it doesn't

"ok, well, what about in utero for THIS reason"

He doesn't change his idea. All he does is pop up every few years with a slight tweak on what has already been disproven. (Again, this can be valid. But in his case it just... isn't).

about 3 years ago
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Could Assortative Mating Explain Autism?

TobiasTheCommie Re:Publicity whore for a "scientist" (286 comments)

This is not an ad-homin on Simon Baron-Cohen.

He does good work in the psychology business. He has written some good books that does help.

My only problem is that whenever Simon Baron-Cohen looks into the etiology of autism he always comes up with brain dead ideas that inevitably are shown to be wrong.

As a psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen has a good understanding about autism. He has a good way to get into the mindset and to understand/see the world as someone with autism does.

He does good stuff. But he also does stuff that makes me want to pull my hair out.

And i'm not the only one in the industry that thinks that.

about 3 years ago
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Could Assortative Mating Explain Autism?

TobiasTheCommie Re:Publicity whore for a "scientist" (286 comments)

I hadn't hear that hypothesis.

A cursory glance at pubmed.gov shows that people with autism generally have less vitamin D than people without.

But it isn't apparent if the autism is caused by the lack of vitamin D. Or if the lack of vitamin D is an effect of people having autism eating less varied meals.

There appears to be no difference in how much vitamin D the mother has in whether or not the child has autism

Here is the data i looked at for reference:

7. J Altern Complement Med. 2010 Jun;16(6):641-5.

Reduced serum levels of 25-hydroxy and 1,25-dihydroxy vitamin D in Egyptian
children with autism.

Meguid NA, Hashish AF, Anwar M, Sidhom G.

Department of Research on Children with Special Needs, National Research Centre,
Cairo, Egypt.
[ snip ]
CONCLUSIONS: Serum values of 25(OH)D in the children with autism of this study
could classify them as being "vitamin D inadequate," which lends support to the
hypothesis that autism is a vitamin D deficiency disorder.

1. J Autism Dev Disord. 2011 May 10. [Epub ahead of print]

Food Variety as a Predictor of Nutritional Status Among Children with Autism.

Zimmer MH, Hart LC, Manning-Courtney P, Murray DS, Bing NM, Summer S.

Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics MLC 4002, Cincinnati
Children's Hospital Medical Center, 3430 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH, 45220,
USA, michelle.zimmer@cchmc.org.

The frequency of selective eating and nutritional deficiency was studied among 22
children with autism and an age matched typically developing control group.
Children with autism ate fewer foods on average than typically developing
children. (33.5 vs. 54.5 foods, P less than .001) As compared to typical controls,
children with autism had a higher average intake of magnesium, and lower average
intake of protein, calcium, vitamin B12, and vitamin D. Selective eaters were
significantly more likely than typical controls to be at risk for at least one
serious nutrient deficiency (P less than .001).

12. Acta Paediatr. 2010 May;99(5):743-7. Epub 2010 Mar 5.

Serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in mothers of Swedish and of Somali origin
who have children with and without autism.

Fernell E, Barnevik-Olsson M, Bågenholm G, Gillberg C, Gustafsson S, Sääf M.

Autism Centre for Young Children, Handicap and Habilitation, Stockholm, Sweden.
elisabeth.fernell@karolinska.se
[snip]
RESULTS: Between 12 and 17 mothers from the different groups accepted to
participate, both groups of mothers of Somali origin had significantly lower
values of 25-hydroxyvitamin D compared with Swedish mothers. The difference of
25-hydroxyvitamin D between mothers of Somali origin with and without a child
with autism was not significant.

about 3 years ago
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Could Assortative Mating Explain Autism?

TobiasTheCommie Re:Publicity whore for a "scientist" (286 comments)

I agree for there to be science you have to come up with a lot of hypothesis.
Some of these will be promoted to theories.
Some of these will not be falsified.

So just because you'r hypothesis/theory fails at one of these points, it doesn't mean that you aren't a scientist, or you shouldn't be allowed to come up with something new. Of course not.

There are people who claim that watching to much TV causes autism. Or mothers not showing enough emotion cause autism. Or vaccinations cause autism. (All of these are false btw)

So, if one person keeps coming up with bad ideas, at some point he should sit down and say to himself. "Ok, before i start pushing this to the media, etc. i'm going to see if i can falsify this... etc."

At some point enough is enough. I don't see him as being much better than Wakefield(He is better in that he hasn't consciously and on purpose falsified data to earn money, which Wakefield did. But his theories are no better).

A lot of people are doing real research into what causes autism. And what Simon Baron-Cohen is doing has (thus far) not been even close to useful.

Simon Baron-Cohen (And the people who go all crazy with vaccinations) are distracting and removing resources from the areas where real work is being done.

I stand by what i said, as referring specifically to Simon Baron-Cohen. Not to scientist in general.

about 3 years ago
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Could Assortative Mating Explain Autism?

TobiasTheCommie Re:Publicity whore for a "scientist" (286 comments)

Simon Baron-Cohen has made many a theory on the etiology of Autism. And all of them have fallen by the way side.

I don't understand why he is regarded as a scientist since he keep coming out with these stupid ideas.

A few years ago it was a "Too neanderthal brain". Then a few years later it was "Too much male hormone in the uterus". And now it is is this. *sigh*

He comes up with one idea, and once that is shown to be false, he just throws a new one out there.

As a professional in this area. And as someone with autism. I totally disregard anything and everything he has to say.

about 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Huge Digital Media Libraries

TobiasTheCommie Re:Nope (361 comments)

Agreed. A good hierarchy should make it easy to manage in and of itself.

Combine a good directory structure with something like xbmc.org would give you the ability to use a remote control, and add thumbnails/preview/plot to your media in various ways. It can scrape sites for information if you use the build in library, but i have found the library to be rather useless.

At 7+ TB of data, i have rarely found the need for anything other than XBMC (plus a few useful plugins) and a good directory structure.

more than 3 years ago
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Funds Dwindle To Dismantle Old Nuclear Plants

TobiasTheCommie Re:I'm surprised.... (315 comments)

Please do realize that just because you are a red commie barstard, it doesn't mean that you are a green environmentalist elitest.

Safe nuclear power is the best option we have right now. With that said, research and development should of course continue on all the alternative power generation methods.

But the best thing(especially for the green environmentalist elitests) right now, is to replace all the coal and oil power plants with nuclear, so we can make it safer.. and get a shit load of CO2 out of the atmosphere, which is the other thing they keep whining* about.

*i'm not saying it isn't an issue as well.

about 5 years ago

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Creationists "Expelling" scientist from Ex

TobiasTheCommie TobiasTheCommie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TobiasTheCommie (768719) writes "Creationist, always following the word of the bible so closely, have once again been deceitful, stupid, and arrogant.

When biologist PZ Meyers, who was interviewed for a movie he believed was called "Crossroads" about the whole ID vs Evolution dilemma, came to attend an open preview of the movie, which it turned out was yet another Creationist propaganda movie, the producer had him Expelled from the cinema, proving once more that Christian fanatics are extremely two faced

For the full story, and a surprising twist, go to:

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2008/03/expelled.php"
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New Dune movie in the works.

TobiasTheCommie TobiasTheCommie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TobiasTheCommie (768719) writes "Apparently a new dune movie is in the works..
A moderator on the official dunenovel forum let it slip that:
"There is good news, however. Although only rumor, I've heard that "someone" at the studio wants Dune reallllly bad and has been a fan of the novel for "years." They're not saying who this is (and it might just be hype) but I'm holding out hope that whoever this might be is a big enough fan that he/she will do the book justice. Supposedly it's some director. "
http://www.dunenovels.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=1 204&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=180

Which in my mind sounds really good.

Lets hope this makes it to production"

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