In the short-run, autism will continue to spike. As the spike increases, governments will be confused, and will respond by supporting the viewpoint that autism has always been this high; we simply measured wrong in the old days. In reality, radiation has caused today’s autism spike, which is covered at WhyAutismHappens.
The short-run is still another generation or two, so autism should not be expected to decline for another 40 years. Whereas fathers have driven the current autism spike, many daughters are now silent carriers and are reaching their childbearing years, a dynamic which will sustain, and increase, the current spike. This is illustrated by teen mothers being 18% more likely to have children with autism than mothers in their 20s.
Economic forces curtail long-term thinking that would reverse our autism spike. Here, an instructive descriptor is Daniel Kahneman’s observation that “the long term is not where life is lived.” In general, most people are frenetically competing for money, sex, and their next cup of coffee. They are not worrying about the health of their reproductive cells, the floor under the human race.
As the autism epidemic becomes a national priority, and public messaging about radiation and autism begins, natural selection will have already worked its magic in the background. Societies are good at solving crises that have passed. This parallels George Friedman’s observation about governments being unable to see the sliding glacier of strategic analysis, and being surprised when the obvious happens out of nowhere.
This is a common pattern. When Ebola hysteria crests, that’s when human immunity has already responded. When everyone is scared out of the stock market, that’s when it will rise. When an NBA player lands a maximum contract, that’s when his skills are sliding. In these cases, the visible signs, in the diction of Barry Ritholtz, are contrary indicators.
This pattern holds for autism. We are seeing autistic children and feeling afraid. We’re not seeing the much greater percentage of healthy children that have been born under the same high-radiation conditions. Children from father’s seed cells that withstood radiation carry the benelles of humanity’s future, which includes wi-fi, microwaves, EMF, robots, AI, and space.
Alas, when the public learns what has driven our autism spike, there will be anger and frustration. People will say, “Look at this cost the industry has put upon us!” But this is short-term thinking; what we needed most was a tactical force of natural selection, occurring before reproductive age, to protect us against the coming onslaught of radiation.
You see, we’ve become so healthy that the majority of people can reproduce before they are “selected against”. At first blush, this seems like some civilized conquering of natural selection, but she selects while we are occupied with today’s news. Her latest point of selection is reproductive cells, with the “selected against” being: high male infertility, and autistic children.
Autism will decline because many of the children born in the last twenty years are likely to posses radiation-resilient DNA. Such a mutation may be an abnormally high cholesterol level, to provide a shield. Another form may simply be an abnormally high sperm count. Over time, one such mutation will likely prove lucrative and become widespread. More than likely, the winning mutation will be more along the lines of a powerful structural mutation, such as ultra-cholesterol, which can be shared between the sexes, for women’s single set of eggs is now being reached by radiation, as young girls lacking girth routinely hold cell phones within inches of their ovaries.
Strangely, we should be grateful to the wireless mobile industry for galvanizing a selection process for humans to move into the future in a healthy way. Yes, it’s lugubrious that so many children subsequently have autism; the moral solution is for taxpayers to care for them. But, by dint of natural law, for a species to jump into the future, the path is full of painful adjustments and casualties. Resilient male reproductive cells have begun our adjustment, putting us on a path to be healthy in an environment chock-full of radiation.
What’s next? More than likely, a future evolutionary step will be that human brain benelles will learn how to extract radiation from the air and use it to turbocharge their performance, or maybe require only half as much sleep. Such an evolution will be likely to happen at a quantum mechanical level, similar to the way your body uses quantum tunnelling to accelerate biochemical reactions.
Shows teen mothers are 18% more likely to have children with autism than mothers in their 20s:
Sandin S et al “Autism risk associated with parental age and with increasing difference in age between the parents” Mol Psychiatry. 2015 Jun 9. doi: 10.1038/mp.2015.70