Friday, August 5, 2016
My CT Scan Was Two Weeks Ago
They did some blood work and a CT scan. Turned out to be a sinus infection, probably from going a couple days without sleep working in my damp, cold new research lab I was so overexcited. Once I got Modbus going in my broom closet sized permaculture setup I just seemed to turn off the sleep gene for 72 hours trying to integrate the Modbus over ethernet perfectly with CD-OS.
I warned the doctor when I was lying on the gurney before I went in for the scan, "You may see some ... unusual brain architecture. I'm just warning you. Among other things, a really thick corpus callosum. Don't panic." He says to me, "You have Aspergers, don't you? I have heard they have different brains altogether." I nodded while they were tying up my gown, "Yes. There could be other things. Don't mistake them for pathology, they aren't. I just need somebody to check to see if I have anything there that doesn't belong altogether. Listen, I may look remotely like one of you, but I'm not. It's an illusion. You'll see when it comes back. People like me are only similar to humans a bit on the outside and when you look deeper you'll see something else. I just wanted to tell you not to flip out because it will be different. The science is finally catching up to us."
So he comes back in to see me an hour later. His eyes are the size of saucers. "That's not the brain of a 52 year old man. There's no shrinkage and no atrophy in anything. It is the brain of a 12 year old adolescent boy. Far from there being a brain tumor, the tissue in your head looks like you have yet to go through puberty. No wonder they say people with Aspergers age slowly." I got to see the scans. Looked like an exact reproduction of the scans I have seen in articles about how they discovered that Aspergers has virtually nothing to do with autism and is on the opposite end of the scale physiologically. These scans are the reason they took Aspergers off the DSM altogether and came up with some mild vague remark about it "being on the spectrum." They neglected to mention it is the antipode of the spectrum with neurotypicals in the middle and closer to autism than we ever were.
I asked the doctor, "Do you think our ancestral line may have had to cope with cold temperatures by slowing growth to delay sexual maturity? It would have been a very effective way to control fertility and lower birth rates to match food resources. I think that is what you are seeing there. Think of the potential to maintain a flexible and creative mind for problem solving by keeping the mind young, curious and playful. Similar genetic strategies are seen throughout the entire mammalian biological spectrum. Our ancestors were nerds without question, all of them. They probably found nearly everything fascinating in it's way."