I have two autistic kids, and tbh? i feel like evolution has "reset" their brains to concentrate on survival instead of social graces. Am I crazy to consider this?
I am unsure what is meant by concentrating on survival. As a species we have done well in social groups, imitating the actions of others, developing language, learning much about our environment through description instead of by experience (don't touch the stove. It's hot and you'll get burned). These are the very skills that have been impaired (to varying degrees) in people who carry the diagnosis of autism. Our species has little in the way of instinctual behavior (I.e., complex behaviors that do not require learning) (e.g., chicks imprinting on mother bird, baby kangaroos climbing into the mother's pouch) to help us survive, so we depend largely on various repertoires developing through socialization (I.e., feedback from people being important)