I found this post on The Houston Aspie Blogging Collective, & the one comment on it, provocative. It’s been a lifetime pattern for me to get people off-side by calling bullshit when I see it (& when I’m not feeling inhibited by social anxieties).
I have a highly rationalist inclination, even though it’s an effort because humans aren’t naturally entirely rational, & sometimes it feels like chasing an illusion. I persist with the rationalist approach because I see that as the only way to quality understanding of anything.
In spirituality I used to be a fundamentalist evengalical Christian, a path I rejected 25+ years ago. I couldn’t have articulated it at the time but it’s now clear to me that this inclination towards rationalism was a major factor in my rejection of my Christian past. Fundie Christians are profoundly resistant to rationality. More recently I have developed an interest in Judaism, not that I ever expect to convert, & a big part of the appeal is that, in a general sense, Judaism takes a highly rational approach. Of course there are exceptions.
In recent times I’ve had a lot of clashes with a few on facebook over immunisation. As a rationalist I am persuaded by the evidence of sound science & I see immunisation as well supported by the evidence. Perhaps I’m on contentious ground here because of those who believe immunisation is a cause of ASD however I’m yet to see an Autistic or Aspie say immunisation is what caused them to be as they are. What I do see is parents (mostly Mothers) of ASD children looking for somewhere to put blame for their not having a child as ‘perfect’ as they’d hoped for. The other thing I see is pseudo-science & fraudulent false science trying to build arguments against something that has saved countless lives & resorting to every logical fallacy in the book to press the point. I see a desperate clutching for anything that reinforces what they want to believe with complete disregard for evidence & reason. Some may buy it but I call bullshit.
Some call me a hippie but underneath outward things like a hippie-ish dress style & maintining a somewhat ‘feral’ appearance I’m no true hippie. All the crystals & chakras & cosmic concoctions taken as celestial gifts because the charlatan dispensing them wears tie-dye & packages them in brown paper scented with incense… so much of it, while warm & fuzzy & pretty, flies in the face of reason. And while the hippies would deny it because they have no temples or vestments, much that is hippie is a religion of it’s own form, & certainly has a priesthood no matter how informal.
I do hold values & politics in common with hippies but rather than basing them in beliefs & ideology & [strive to] base them in rationality & reason. When evidence dictates it I want to be of open enough mind to change position rather than cling to an ill founded ideology.
This post has perhaps turned into something of a rant but at the back of it lies the question of whether this rationalist inclination is that of an Aspie.