March 7, 2010 @ 7:33 pm by sean
Autism is a popular topic, but rarely with any substance. Here’s a great three part story on the current state of what we know by Harvey Karp, a “child development expert and pediatrician.” Considering 1 in 166 children is now diagnosed with Autism, and Mr. Karp suspects EDCs (Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals) as a culprit which are found in everything (“BPA (in food cans, hard plastic water bottles), phthlates (in soft plastics, cosmetics) and fire retardants (in sofas, computers, flame-resistant clothing). Multiple animal and human studies have linked EDC exposure (during or after fetal development) with a host of hormone-related disorders, like low sperm count, cancer (breast, ovarian, prostate, testicular), congenital malformation of the genitals and even obesity”) we should definitely be concerned about what we’re surrounding ourselves with. 1 in 166 means just about everyone knows someone who is or has a child with autism, so you should probably know something about it.
Malcolm Gladwell’s aperçu in The Tipping Point, that in a country of 300 million people, 300 1-in-a-million events happens everyday, is remarkable to consider. Just think, then, about China. And the entire world. I was going to relate it up there, but it would have been forced.
I thought I could use contrived instead of forced, but I looked it up and it doesn’t work. But neither does the definition in general
1: devise or plan using skill and subtlety
2: manage to do something foolish
Either skilled or foolish? Those definitions are distinct enough they need two separate words.
Hopefully someday aperçus will actually be in my vocabulary. I looked it up after reading Steven Pinker’s use of it, and, finding it perfect for that sentence up there, amended it thusly.