Sunday 14 August 2011

Not lying, I am puzzled

I am puzzled by this story which has appeared in the UK Daily Mail on-line. Puzzled because the article about sperm donation by a man purported to have Asperger syndrome carries a few details which quite frankly puzzle me.

The person in question lives in the Netherlands and offered his services to several women wishing to have a child. Apparently a few of these women did a little digging around after some of their offspring were diagnosed with Asperger syndrome and found out a few things about their donor.

Puzzle 1: the article makes mention of an 'Asperger gene' and an 'autism gene'. Strange.. I didn't know there was one.
Puzzle 2: the chap in question has been named (by a newspaper) as being a 'pathological liar'. I admit that I have not looked comprehensively at the literature on telling fibs and autism spectrum conditions such as Asperger syndrome. A quick look at some of the first-hand accounts suggests that people with Asperger syndrome don't lack the capacity to be able to lie as everyone else, but to be pathological liars? I don't know, I suppose it depends on the situation and other personal factors. Maybe one for another post some time and how to lie.

Still I am puzzled about this article (and I'm not lying).


  1. The news story makes no sense.

    Either the writer doesn't to know anything about autism or they have inadvertently discovered the secret behind the autism epidemic - autism is an std.

  2. Absolutely agree. I really wish I knew what the sources were for this article because it makes little sense for various reasons.


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