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Genetic link between autism and genius

Many leading figures in the fields of science, politics and the arts achieved success because they were autistic. Michael Fitzgerald, Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College, Dublin, said traits linked to autism spectrum disorders matched those associated with creative genius. Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, George Orwell, and H G Wells are examples of famous and brilliant individuals who showed signs of Asperger’s syndrome. Beethoven, Mozart and Hans Christian Andersen have also received posthumous diagnoses of Asperger’s. Psychiatric disorders can also have positive dimensions, genes for autism and creativity are essentially the same. These produce people who are focused, don’t fit into the school system, and who often have poor social relationships. They can persist with one topic for 20-30 years without being distracted and they can produce in one lifetime the work of three or four other people. Isaac Newton was able to work without a break for three days!

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