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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Broken Angels
Richard K. Morgan
Progress: 56/468 pages
Introduction to Topology
Bert Mendelson
Progress: 10/224 pages
Basics of Plasma Astrophysics
Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
Progress: 58/250 pages
Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia: Malafrena / Stories and Songs (The Library of America)
Brian Attebery, Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 454/700 pages
A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
Progress: 7/180 pages
Complete Poems, 1904-1962
E.E. Cummings
Progress: 166/1102 pages
The Complete Plays and Poems
E.D. Pendry, J.C. Maxwell, Christopher Marlowe
She Stoops to Conquer and Other Comedies (Oxford World's Classics)
Henry Fielding, David Garrick, Oliver Goldsmith
Progress: 164/448 pages
Gravitation (Physics Series)
Kip Thorne;Kip S. Thorne;Charles W. Misner;John Archibald Wheeler;John Wheeler
Progress: 48/1215 pages
I Am a Cat
Graeme Wilson, Aiko Ito, Sōseki Natsume
Progress: 410/638 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 26 out of 397 pages.

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome - Tony Attwood

Aspies "lack empathy." This is, of course, complete bollocks. What one normally thinks of as empathy, i.e. being able to recognise what emotions a person is likely to be feeling in certain circumstances, is something that on the average, Aspies are no better or worse at than neurotypicals. A concrete example; if you've suffered a bereavement I can empathise because I have, too.


This is not actually what Attwood is referring to when he uses the term, "empathy." What he means is recognising a person's emotional state from non-verbal signals such as facial expression, body language and physical gestures. Aspies are indeed usually below average at doing this, but using the term "empathy" in this technical sense contributes to horrible misunderstanding by the general public and negative (false) stereotyping. I further note that Attwood fails to explain the difference, which is really poor. I am only aware of this from an educational class for Aspies run by a British psychologist.