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2013-05-29 06:49:36 AM
"his mother was told he might never be able to tie his own shoes."

Well, can he tie them now?
 
2013-05-29 07:43:45 AM
You know who ELSE might have been autistic???
 
2013-05-29 07:56:30 AM
...and this kid will either be:

1. A flash in the pan
2. The most overly self-assured and poorly socialized prick in the system
3. Utterly lost

You can't climb that high that young and not pay a price in terms of socialization. You read about these uber smart kids about once a year or so. You almost never read about the great things they've done ten years hence.
 
2013-05-29 08:00:11 AM

whistleridge: ...and this kid will either be:

1. A flash in the pan
2. The most overly self-assured and poorly socialized prick in the system
3. Utterly lost

You can't climb that high that young and not pay a price in terms of socialization. You read about these uber smart kids about once a year or so. You almost never read about the great things they've done ten years hence.


Autistic children already struggle with socialization themselves. He would have had socialization problems regardless of his higher education.
 
2013-05-29 08:03:18 AM

cman: whistleridge: ...and this kid will either be:

1. A flash in the pan
2. The most overly self-assured and poorly socialized prick in the system
3. Utterly lost

You can't climb that high that young and not pay a price in terms of socialization. You read about these uber smart kids about once a year or so. You almost never read about the great things they've done ten years hence.

Autistic children already struggle with socialization themselves. He would have had socialization problems regardless of his higher education.


Yep - and at least he gets to hang out with people who care about the same things he does and who can communicate with him about them on an advanced level. He will be much better socialized hanging out with a bunch of smart people regardless of what age they are.
 
2013-05-29 08:44:26 AM
Wait.  I was told autism doesn't exist and that it's just bad parenting.

I'm so confused.

The mother is a bad parent and should feel bad about her son's geniusness.
 
2013-05-29 08:50:17 AM
Well, I did have a righteous beer buzz. Jerk.
 
2013-05-29 08:50:41 AM

whistleridge: You almost never read about the great things they've done ten years hence.


Hey don't blame the kids because you get all your information from Fark and Entertainment Weekly.
 
2013-05-29 08:50:41 AM
"higher IQ than Einstein"

=

article writer doesn't know what the fark he/she is talking about
 
2013-05-29 08:53:52 AM

quickdraw: Yep - and at least he gets to hang out with people who care about the same things he does and who can communicate with him about them on an advanced level. He will be much better socialized hanging out with a bunch of smart people regardless of what age they are.


You mean hang out with other geeky ass people who are also on the autism rating scale/have some sort of autism.

/NERDS.jpg
 
2013-05-29 08:54:21 AM

I_Am_Weasel: Wait.  I was told autism doesn't exist and that it's just bad parenting.

I'm so confused.


Me too.  Who ever said autism doesn't exist and it's just bad parenting?
 
2013-05-29 08:54:39 AM
Hey subby, it's not yet nine in the morning. Don't set the bar so high. Make me feel like a loser because I haven't gotten that beer buzz yet.
 
2013-05-29 08:56:08 AM
Hey subby, it's not even 7 farking AM here, give me an hour or two, willya?

/Schroedinger's beer: you don't know if you're drunk til ya drink it
 
2013-05-29 08:56:42 AM
upload.wikimedia.org

He's coming for you, kid.
 
2013-05-29 08:57:09 AM

quickdraw: who can communicate with him about them on an advanced level


Thing is even physicists only talk physics part of the day. More than a few physicists are known for being a bit epic on the partying scale. Or for being pranksters. Or any of a number of other things. What usually comes with the brains to make it in physics is an utter lack of a farks to give about what anyone thinks you should behave like or crazy ideas like maturity.
 
2013-05-29 08:59:14 AM
There's a high probability he'll live his life in a cube, never able to tunnel out of the box despite his knowledge of quantum mechanics.
 
2013-05-29 08:59:15 AM
Hey, I don't have a beer buzz. It's 8 AM.

Not that I've never had a beer buzz at 8, but I don't have one today.
 
2013-05-29 08:59:27 AM

quickdraw: cman: whistleridge: ...and this kid will either be:

1. A flash in the pan
2. The most overly self-assured and poorly socialized prick in the system
3. Utterly lost

You can't climb that high that young and not pay a price in terms of socialization. You read about these uber smart kids about once a year or so. You almost never read about the great things they've done ten years hence.

Autistic children already struggle with socialization themselves. He would have had socialization problems regardless of his higher education.

Yep - and at least he gets to hang out with people who care about the same things he does and who can communicate with him about them on an advanced level. He will be much better socialized hanging out with a bunch of smart people regardless of what age they are.


Sure.

Honestly, there are plenty more subjects he could have learned more about - and been, all told, a true Renaissance Man - but instead, he is earning a PhD in quantum physics.  I have a major in a particularly quirky field, and a) having the crazily varied background I did certainly helped in several aspects and b) as geeky as quantum physics majors are, even they can't relate to a 14 year old with them.  They might be able to geek out and relate on certain topics, but there's a whole bunch more being entirely skipped over.
 
2013-05-29 08:59:34 AM

Jim.Casy: Well, I did have a righteous beer buzz. Jerk.


At lease we've all been laid.
right?

right?
 
2013-05-29 08:59:37 AM
My mother once told me I had no future...ONCE
 
2013-05-29 08:59:46 AM
Who drinks beer this early? Hard liquor till noon.
 
2013-05-29 09:01:51 AM

I_Am_Weasel: Wait.  I was told autism doesn't exist and that it's just bad parenting.

I'm so confused.


I have a niece who is 13 and was just able (notice I didn't say "learned") to tie her shoes a year ago.  She still slurs her speech and walks irregular.  She still has to cover her ears when walking into something like a baseball stadium but she is getting better with it.  Her younger years were spent with constantly arguing, irresponsible, alcoholic parents.  She's always been able to do math, spelling, and similar beyond her age level (not genius level or anything).  But what sucks is that she may never be on her own because of a lack of stability when she was young.  If she had stable and responsible parents, her blatant autism would probably manifest as eccentricities.

It sucks for sure.  In any case, I do know plenty of parents who claim autism when it is most likely their douchebaggery or overly self-centered attitude that they (the parents) fail to recognize in themselves which is rubbing off on their children.  I have a 3 year old and it's amazing what they pick up. I've had to modify my bad habits for sure (currently it's the "potty mouth").
 
2013-05-29 09:02:23 AM
 
2013-05-29 09:03:14 AM
"higher IQ than Einstein"

Einstein never took an IQ test.

The kid's smart though. GIS his TED talk is you care to see his smartness in action.
 
2013-05-29 09:03:30 AM
"In every child, there is a spark."

Unfortunately, for me, it was quantum arson.
 
2013-05-29 09:06:51 AM
Einstein never took an IQ test.

^--- This!  And I hate when articles like this make that comparison.  Let this kid come up with something twice as revolutionary as what Einstein has and then do it.  I'm not saying this kid isn't exceptionally intelligent, but the comparison is insulting.
 
2013-05-29 09:07:32 AM
i965.photobucket.com
 
2013-05-29 09:07:47 AM
Jacob went on to teach himself calculus in just two weeks, began working on an original theory in astrophysics at the age of nine, and became a paid researcher in quantum physics at the age of 12.

damn!  I was still picking my nose wondering why my balls smell like vinegar.
 
2013-05-29 09:07:54 AM
Obligatory Real Genius reference but too lazy to hotlink an appropriate image
 
2013-05-29 09:08:43 AM

LouDobbsAwaaaay: I_Am_Weasel: Wait.  I was told autism doesn't exist and that it's just bad parenting.

I'm so confused.

Me too.  Who ever said autism doesn't exist and it's just bad parenting?


Mainstream medicine from the 1950s to 1970s?
 
2013-05-29 09:09:20 AM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: "higher IQ than Einstein"

=

article writer doesn't know what the fark he/she is talking about


Meh, article writer was copying a bunch of other articles who also said this kid has a higher IQ than Einstein. Either way according to some other article the kid tested as 170 at 12, but of course its a fairly meaningless number at that level. Mensa considers 165 to be "Einstein level", though they don't mean it literally I'm sure, as Einstein never took an IQ test as you obviously know.
 
2013-05-29 09:09:50 AM

kwame: whistleridge: You almost never read about the great things they've done ten years hence.

Hey don't blame the kids because you get all your information from Fark and Entertainment Weekly.


stuffpoint.com

I read that in his voice.

/Bazinga!
 
2013-05-29 09:12:40 AM

MindStalker: The All-Powerful Atheismo: "higher IQ than Einstein"

=

article writer doesn't know what the fark he/she is talking about

Meh, article writer was copying a bunch of other articles who also said this kid has a higher IQ than Einstein. Either way according to some other article the kid tested as 170 at 12, but of course its a fairly meaningless number at that level. Mensa considers 165 to be "Einstein level", though they don't mean it literally I'm sure, as Einstein never took an IQ test as you obviously know.


Yeah.  I test anywhere between 150 and 170 depending on the test, and I'm definitely not as smart as Einstein.  I'm also smart enough to know that IQ tests are bullshiat, as well as the scores one can achieve on them.

That, on top of the fact that Einstein never got tested, makes the article writer doubly retarded, whether they copied or not.

Also, Mensa is full of pretentious, arrogant coonts.
 
2013-05-29 09:14:45 AM

iron de havilland: LouDobbsAwaaaay: I_Am_Weasel: Wait.  I was told autism doesn't exist and that it's just bad parenting.

I'm so confused.

Me too.  Who ever said autism doesn't exist and it's just bad parenting?

Mainstream medicine from the 1950s to 1970s?


So a medical theory that hasn't been embraced in the mainstream for 40 years?  Sounds like the battle over that one has been over for a while.
 
2013-05-29 09:15:59 AM

quickdraw: Yep - and at least he gets to hang out with people who care about the same things he does and who can communicate with him about them on an advanced level. He will be much better socialized hanging out with a bunch of smart people regardless of what age they are.


Yes, I'm sure he'll deal with intellectual disputes with all the maturity and calm we expect of a professional scholar.

Success in academia has very little to do with intelligence, as it happens. Creativity and wit are important, but social skills dwarf them in importance.
 
2013-05-29 09:19:28 AM
The University of Chicago had a math professor who would brag about failing one of those 13 year-old math geniuses.
 
2013-05-29 09:19:50 AM

quickdraw: cman: whistleridge: ...and this kid will either be:

1. A flash in the pan
2. The most overly self-assured and poorly socialized prick in the system
3. Utterly lost

You can't climb that high that young and not pay a price in terms of socialization. You read about these uber smart kids about once a year or so. You almost never read about the great things they've done ten years hence.

Autistic children already struggle with socialization themselves. He would have had socialization problems regardless of his higher education.

Yep - and at least he gets to hang out with people who care about the same things he does and who can communicate with him about them on an advanced level. He will be much better socialized hanging out with a bunch of smart people regardless of what age they are.


Oh, I'm not knocking the kid, his condition, or his very admirable pursuit of a higher degree. Just the societal impulse to lionize them in the press, even if only for a little. Let the kid be a kid, even if he has a PhD. Then, he might turn out to be a happy and well-adjusted adult with autism, instead of a hot mess.
 
2013-05-29 09:20:59 AM

picturescrazy: Hey subby, it's not yet nine in the morning. Don't set the bar so high. Make me feel like a loser because I haven't gotten that beer buzz yet.


Curses! Quantum curses cast by 14-y/o aspies upon you!

/nah man, just get that buzz ;)
//cheers!
 
2013-05-29 09:23:18 AM
"He also says it's easy to recite 205 of the digits in the number pi."

I thought there was only 10.
 
2013-05-29 09:24:04 AM

ph0rk: Success in academia has very little to do with intelligence, as it happens. Creativity and wit are important, but social skills dwarf them in importance.


That depends entirely on what you mean by success.
 
2013-05-29 09:24:56 AM
You don't want to read the follow-up article in 10 years. Loitering and jaywalking.... in one day.
 
2013-05-29 09:27:38 AM

illannoyin: kwame: whistleridge: You almost never read about the great things they've done ten years hence.

Hey don't blame the kids because you get all your information from Fark and Entertainment Weekly.

[stuffpoint.com image 600x337]

I read that in his voice.

/Bazinga!


I've read pretty much every comment in this thread in his voice.
 
2013-05-29 09:28:00 AM
i44.tinypic.com
 
2013-05-29 09:29:07 AM

acronym: "He also says it's easy to recite 205 of the digits in the number pi."

I thought there was only 10.


Pi is exactly three!
 
2013-05-29 09:30:00 AM

WhyteRaven74: quickdraw: who can communicate with him about them on an advanced level

Thing is even physicists only talk physics part of the day. More than a few physicists are known for being a bit epic on the partying scale. Or for being pranksters. Or any of a number of other things. What usually comes with the brains to make it in physics is an utter lack of a farks to give about what anyone thinks you should behave like or crazy ideas like maturity.


Know what else also comes with brains? The ability to make adjustments and accommodations to be inclusive to peers who might not be 100% identical to them. If the kid turns out to be good at physics, his peers won't care if they need to be a bit literal to help him through social situations.
 
2013-05-29 09:34:11 AM
Show host Kristine Barnett has the IQ of a potato, well maybe two potatoes.
 
2013-05-29 09:37:38 AM
I blame the MMR vaccine
 
2013-05-29 09:39:19 AM

acronym: "He also says it's easy to recite 205 of the digits in the number pi."

I thought there was only 10.


Oh fark. There's MORE than just 3.14?!

shiat. Apparently I've got some theories that I need to re-string.
 
2013-05-29 09:41:17 AM

megarian: acronym: "He also says it's easy to recite 205 of the digits in the number pi."

I thought there was only 10.

Oh fark. There's MORE than just 3.14?!

shiat. Apparently I've got some theories that I need to re-string.


The kid is only 11 digits short.

/obscure?
 
2013-05-29 09:41:45 AM

MooseUpNorth: his peers won't care if they need to be a bit literal to help him through social situations.


That's kind of the thing, he really won't have any peers. What institution will take him on to do post doc work or offer him a position? What's more, just having a PhD in physics doesn't mean you are a peer to people with a a PhD in the same specialization within physics, it just means you have the same PhD. There's more to being a peer than a degree.
 
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