Yes, indeed, Bex, this post did generate some interesting comments about what atheists do for a living. I was hoping that there were other non-scientific atheists like myself, and indeed there are. Not that I don't appreciate scientists, because I do, but it seems that most of the most famous atheists are either scientists (Dawkins/Harris), or extreme intellectuals (Dennett/Hitchens). It's good to know that there are "regular joes" that are also atheists.
By the way, your job rocks. I can't imagine a more important job for the future of our planet than yours.
I'm sorry to hear that. My daughter has autism. We always tell her she can be anything she wants to be. We have spent lots of $ on therapy trying to make this so. Did you have treatment for your autism as a child? If this is too personal, just tell me to bug off.
Don't worry about being too personal. I would like to talk about autism far more than I am able to. I often have to keep things bottled up because nobody understands, despite the fact that my autism affects every minute of my life.
To answer your question, no I didn't have treatment for my autism as a child. I have only been aware that I have an autism spectrum disorder for the past five years - I was in my early 30s when I realized. Before that, I went to see many useless counsellors. I didn't receive any help from the state afterwards either. I eventually found a suitable therapist, but that was after I did a lot of research. She did a very good job, but, coming as it was after I had accummulated 30 years of issues and struggles, she could only do so much.
As for your daughter being able to be anything she wants to be, it sounds like it can make her feel good to hear it, but I think it's unrealistic. People on the autistic spectrum have life-long weaknesses. It's a question of capitalizing on an individual's strengths while making sure you don't go into a situation that the weaknesses make impossible to handle. I know it's like that for nonautistic people too, to some degree, but for us autistic people, the problems impact our lives more, and we have to be more careful where we tread.