I've recently learned about The Neanderthal Theory, that explains autistic (and especially Asperger's) brain functioning as the effect of genetical similarity with Neanderthals.
The author gives a great number of examples of differences between modern and Neanderthal human, that in the same fact are strongly correlated to differences between neurotypical and autistic brain. Most of them greatly applies to me, which biases me towards accepting that theory:
- Neanderthals have less developed social life, so their social skills were less developed too, so are the social skills of autistic people
- most primates avoid eye contact as the sign of aggression, modern humans (neurotypicals) are the exception, both Neanderthals and autists are not
- Neanderthals have bigger brains, and the proportion of brain size to body size was bigger, that could mean they were more intelligent, people with Asperger Syndrom are typically more intelligent than neurotypicals
- by Neanderthals women were dominating and were taking sexual initiative, autistic people find it especially difficult to adapt to sexual model of neurotypicals, where males are sexually dominant, increased tendency to behaviours such as exhibitiosm can also be explained by neanderthal genes, since among Neanderthals such behaviours were actually accepted as normal and dominant
- Neanderthals were meat-eaters (for me meat is the best diet)
- Neanderthals prefer cold to heat (I like when it's cold and hate when it's hot)
This all makes sense, however, I'm aware, that it's quite easy to find a theory that will exactly match the known facts, so each theory must be proven by new facts and experiments. So I ask for any facts and scientific articles that would either support or reject that theory.