Famous People With Asperger’s Syndrome

Recently, some researchers, in particular, Simon Baron-Kohen and John James, suggested that such well-known personalities from the past, as Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton had Asperger’s syndrome. Scientists say that they showed some tendencies of the syndrome in their behavior, such as an intense interest in one topic, or social problems. One of the chapters of this Gillberg’s book is devoted to this theme, including a detailed case analysis of the situation with philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein with the conclusion that the person meets the criteria for Asperger’s Syndrome. Naturally, the absence of diagnosis during life does not mean that there was nothing to diagnose, especially if we bear in mind that while there was no widespread knowledge about the syndrome (as often happens with Asperger’s syndrome, which recently has been widely recognized in psychiatric circles). However, such post-mortem diagnosis remains controversial.

Arguments in favor of the alleged autism spectrum disorders in famous personalities vary from person to person. Some of them argue that in the case of Albert Einstein (one of the most frequently cited suspected autistic), he learned to talk late, was a lonely kid, organized violent tantrums, silently repeated the previously pronounced sentence, and needed his wives to play the role of parents when he was an adult – the stereotypical factors for autistic individuals. Isaac Newton stuttered and suffered from epilepsy. Many of these alleged historical cases of Asperger’s syndrome can be quite soft (not expressed), but some skeptics argue that in these cases only some features of autism can be seen, and they are not enough to diagnose autism spectrum. In the end, many critics of historical diagnosis claim that it is simply impossible to diagnose the dead, and therefore nothing can be said with certainty about historic individuals with (or withour) Asperger’s syndrome.

All of these assumptions may be just an attempt to create a pattern of behavior (role model, an object for imitation) for people with autism, and demonstrate that they can do constructive things, and make a contribution to society. Such a presumptive diagnosis is often used by activists for the rights of people with autism to show that the treatment of autism would be a loss to society. But others in the organizations for the rights of autistic people do not like these arguments because they feel that people with autism have to appreciate their uniqueness even if they do not want to be healed, regardless of whether people like Einstein were autistic.

Some features of appearance and facts of activity indicate that John Carmack is also a man with AS, or he has other unusual personality type of a similar nature.

Possible causes and origins of Asperger’s syndrome is hotly debated and controversial topic. The majority opinion today is that the causes of Asperger’s syndrome are the same as autism’s. Some researchers, however, disagree and argue that the Asperger syndrome and autism are lead by two different things. All this occurs during the ongoing wider debate about whether Asperger’s syndrome and …

Good Science Fair Projects On Trees

In a previous article "Let's do a green science fair project" we had a look at the effects on soil erosion and rainfall of the cutting down of the rain forests. Our theme is still having a look at how nature works and what we can do to preserve our planet. Today we are going to have a look at trees and how they grow. We are going to try and understand why they differ in different parts of the world. This is a very good science fair project for someone who is interested in nature and loves going for walks. Remember, when you're doing this science fair project to take an adult with you to ensure your safety. Please do not go wandering on your own. To be honest this is probably a good science fair project for adults as well! A walk in nature is always relaxing.

In different parts of the world trees grow differently according to the kind of weather you get in different parts of the world. This is a good science fair project to not only learn about trees but also what the effect of weather is on the way that trees grow. Trees can be studied in your garden or when you go for a walk in a park. Choose an area that has a lot of different trees that you can study.

First we need to know a little more about trees in general before we continue. You get several different kinds of trees. In the tropical rainforest, at the equator, the weather never changes much and winter and summer have temperatures that are very close together. We have already seen how the trees influence the rainfall in our previous article. In the tropical forests most trees are evergreen as heat and water are not a problem. In areas where the weather is moderate trees have broad leaves that they shed during winter to slow down the tree's metabolism and conserve water for when it is less plentiful because the ground water is frozen and this also reduces damage by frost.

Our first project is to try and identify some trees in our area and then in a later project we are going to measure them.

This is what you will need to help you identify them:

* A field guide to the local trees

* A notebook

* A pen

* Colored pencils

This is what you need to do when identifying the trees:

1. Whilst walking in the area you have chosen, try and identify the trees according to your field guide.

2. Look at things such the general height and shape of the trees.

3. Use the appearance of the bark as well as the leaves to compare with your field guide. Look at the color and shape of the leaves and the fruits and the seeds of the trees to help you.

4. Make meticulous notes and drawings for your display.

5. Give attention to the height of …

Makeshift Piano Stands

If you are trying to go on the cheap and use random things around the house to support your piano, you’d better be careful.

What do most people have laying around the house that would be a candidate for a piano stand?

Should I just use a table? Sure, you could use a coffee table. Most coffee tables are very low though. Not many are long enough to support the full length of a digital piano though. Depending on your actual coffee table, it could not be very sturdy. If it has glass on the center, your table may not even be completely level. This could put excess pressure on the glass–a disaster waiting to happen.

How about a regular desk? Desks are usually extremely high to put a piano on it. You may be able to get away with putting very thin keyboards on a desk to practice at home. It will take up a ton of space, and you will need to clear off your desk every time you use it. Digital pianos will dominate the entire desk, almost requiring the entire surface. You may as well dedicate something that works as a better piano stand!

If you have textbooks or heavy phone books laying around, they are an option. All those books you couldn’t sell back in college are sitting around collecting dust, so why not try to find a use for them, right? They may weigh a ton, but they are definitely not sturdy! Get into some emotional lines of music, get carried away, and your books could tumble or your piano could very well slide off and crash. What a waste! Bad idea unless all you have is a piano and books in your studio apartment scrounging coins for your next ramen meal.

Unused chars is another option. This can be stable, but chairs are rarely flat all the way across. Heavy pianos can have unnecessary pressure on the wrong points. This can cause bending or stress on the expensive piano of yours! Also the chairs get in the way of using a pedal below since your feet are blocked off. My advice is to not have any makeshift piano stands at all!…

Paul McCartney Tours Spanned Over Three Decades

In this day and age it's rare that a rock n 'roll career lasts more than a few years, much less a decade. Of course there are some acts that have lasted the years through fluctuations of styles and genres of music's ever-changing fads. However, few can even come close to bragging of a career that's spanned three decades, as Sir Paul McCartney can.

The greatest part of it all is that it goes beyond that, since the three decades that we speak of are only from his solo career. Of course you can not forget the thirteen years before that while he toured with a small little group known as The Beatles. You may have heard of them.

Paul began his solo career by releasing his first album, "McCartney" two weeks before the Beatles released their last album "Abbey Road." That first solo album had a warm welcome from fans, and so he went on to release a second album in 1971 called "Ram." On this one, he included his new wife Linda McCartney so that they could be on tour together.

After "Ram," he started the super group Wings, with wife Linda McCartney, as well as Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine, and drummer Denny Seiwell. The band started an unexpected tour in 1972 through Europe in small venues and various British University Auditoriums.

Wings' first live show was unannounced – and uninvited – and was for students at Nottingham University on February 9, 1972. Paul and Linda, their children, the band and pet dogs all drove north from London in a van, heading for towns picked at random and asking passers-by if their town had a university.

"Our first stop, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, said no," said Paul, "Nottingham said yes."

The price of entry at Wings' first show – at lunchtime in the Nottingham students union hall – was 50p on the door. Wings – Paul, Linda, drummer Denny Seiwell and guitarists Denny Laine and Henry McCullough, received a bag of 50p pieces, which were distributed among the band later in the back of the van.

For their first UK tour in 1972, Wings set out with no promoter, no advance or on-the-road publicity, no venues booked and no hotels booked. Hotels were called at the last minute.

From there, McCartney appeared to get the touring bug again and started producing albums and touring with Wings almost every year to year and a half through to 1979. These included 1973 UK tour, 1975-1976 world tour & 1979 UK tour. The last ever kings concert was at Hammersmith Odeon, England December 29th 1979 and was a charity concert for the people of Kampuchea.

Wings were also due to tour Japan in 1980 but unfortunately Paul was arrested and jailed in Japan for carrying marijuana and the tour was canceled. This was also the end of wings

In the 1980s McCartney ventured out on his own again, and recorded "McCartney II," where, just like on his first self-titled album, he played every …

10 Reasons Adults Go Back to School

Over two million adult Americans go to school every year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. People start or return to school for many reasons. The following list is a sampling.

1) To learn more about a hobby or an interest. Do you long to play golf? Have you always wanted to learn write, knit or play the guitar? Then maybe adult education classes are for you. These classes could be offered through a university or college extension program or through a church or community center, or they may be at a place of higher education for credit. Participating in a class or two can teach you something new or how to do something with more skill than you already possess. And if you take a class for credit–say, European History to help with your genealogy project–you might find the basis of an education that leads to a second career.

2) To learn a foreign language for travel or fun. Have you always wanted to go to France or India or China, but are worried about not speaking the language? Enroll in a foreign language class so you have the basics to make your travels easier. Classes are usually categorized as “conversational”, “for travel” or by level (i.e., French I, Spanish I, etc.). Any classes will teach you the basics–such as how to say yes, no, ask for directions, inquire as to where the bathroom is, order food, etc.

3) To set a good precedent for your children. Maybe you didn’t get as much education as you wanted. Maybe you want your child to stay in school and to learn as much as possible. Sometimes the best way to lead a child is by example. If you do your homework every night, so will your child. And you can sit at the table together and use it as bonding time.

4) To get a career. Did you not have time to go to school like you wanted? You had your children at a young age, or the opportunity or finances wasn’t there and now you are thinking of what you’d like to do with your life. The thing you currently get up and go to every day is your job; you wouldn’t call it a career, but now you are ready for one. Going to school, whether a trade school, a community college or a university, can get you on track to create a career from your current occupation.

5) For career advancement. Maybe you are in a job you love but you aren’t sure what the next step is: do you want to become a manager or a specialist? Additional education can make the difference between paralegal and lawyer or between medical receptionist and medical assistant.

6) To find a new career. Were you in a job that was recently phased out? Are you still using DOS while the rest of the world is using Windows? Sometimes it isn’t your choice to go back to school, but …

Happiest Jobs for Baby Boomers Looking to Change Careers

Are you singing “I can’t get no satisfaction” when it comes to your job? Do you find yourself daydreaming about a career change? Do you feel bored, dissatisfied, or exhausted? Do you have the career burnout blues? Or have you recently lost your job or retired and want to keep working but yearn to change directions?

You’re not alone. Many baby boomers feel the same way. A career change can be scary. Maybe financial worries, a fear of failure, or a less than enthusiastic spouse has prevented you from leaving your comfort zone thus far. But, keep in mind, the biggest rewards come from taking the biggest risks, says life coach Caroline Adams Miller, author of Creating Your Best Life. “Otherwise, you may be filled with regret at the end of your life-and that prospect helps put steel in your spine,” she says.

Studies show that up to 80 percent of baby boomers plan to do some sort of paid work until age 70 to stay mentally sharp, keep engaged socially, and achieve financial security in retirement. That leaves a couple of decades after 50 to work. Perhaps that’s why more and more boomers are contemplating an “encore career” to pursue their passions and create a fulfilling life they can enjoy.

But is it really possible? Certainly!

The American Institute for Economic Research looked at people who changed or tried to change jobs after age 45 and found that 82% of people aged 47 and older who took up new careers in the last two years were successful, with half of them making more money.

“Don’t view your age or your experience as a liability. It’s a benefit to companies to have a multi-generational workforce,” says Oriana Vogel, vice president of global talent acquisition at American Express. “One of our goals… is to hire employees that can provide a variety of different perspectives and experiences.” Age doesn’t come into consideration when it comes down to hiring the best people, she says.

A report from the Bankers Life Center for a Secure Retirement found that “boomers are just as likely or more likely to be engaged in their work than are the younger Generation X or Millennial generations.”

So, yes, it’s possible to find a different career you love after the age of 50. But which job will make you the happiest? To help you decide and perhaps narrow your choices, I did a bit of research on America’s happiest and unhappiest jobs:

THE HAPPIEST JOBS

Kununu created a “Career Happiness Index,” looking at nearly 200,000 employee reviews from 2016 to name three of the nation’s happiest industries of 2016.

Public administration topped the list, perhaps because government employees enjoy great benefits, hours, vacation policies, job stability, and support from management. In addition, employees felt that they were working for the common good, serving the public, the study noted.

Consulting is a booming industry with a projected growth rate of 18%. Workers found their work challenging and enjoyed working with others.…

UPenn – University of Pennsylvania

UPenn is the shortened version of the more formal University of Pennsylvania full name given to the private college located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The school that is also commonly referred to simply as Penn is a prestigious school that predates the formation of the United States of America.

UPenn was originally known as the Academy of Philadelphia when the Church of England influenced school first opened its doors in 1740. Being one of the nine oldest institutions of higher learning in North America garners UPN the privilege of being among the select few schools that can claim membership in the group known as the Colonial Colleges. Seven of the nine Colonial Colleges went on to become members of the highly touted academic grouping known as the Ivy League when eight schools officially formed an athletic conference by that name in 1954.

Many schools are named after their founders or significant donors and since a very high profile founder in Benjamin Franklin this was not the case at UPenn which chose to go with a very simplistic and appropriate title. Upenn enthusiasts curious about the etymology of the world Pennsylvania will be interested to know that the word is derived from the name British King Charles II chose for the land he gave William Penn when repaying a debt owed to William's father, Admiral William Penn Sr. The word "Pennsylvania" means Penn's Woods, a name William Penn Jr. was initially uncomfortable with for understandable fear of embarrassment over the allegation that he had named the state after himself. King Charles II refused to change the name and the stubbornness of his 1681 naming decision has drawn centuries with no end in sight.

Being the practical man that he was Benjamin Franklin intended for UPenn to concentrate as much on commerce and business as the arts and theology. While it is now commonplace for highly regarded universities to offer undergraduate programs in specialties like engineering and business this was not always the case. For much of history the purpose of higher education was predominately to educate young ministers on how to best carry on Church intentions. From theological beginning universities evolved to focus on classics such as art and literature. In eras where survival was the top priority for most citizens the privilege of attending college was generally reserved for the very affluent. Members of these elite upper class families were less concerned with their children learning a trade (something often considered unnecessary) but highly interested in their sons becoming gentlemen familiar with Shakespearean verse and Renaissance art. Through his influence at UPenn Ben Franklin played in pivotal role in the direction future institutions of higher learning would take with his practical approach to education.

Today UPenn is one of the largest private universities in America with a student population of well over 30,000. Under graduate students make up two thirds of the total enrollment and participation in an undergrad program that is regularly ranked as one of the top five in …

4 Reasons Why You Need Life Insurance in College Itself

Life is full of uncertainties and we can never know what life has planned for tomorrow. And students are no different in that. Even if you are a student that doesn’t mean that you are immune from the unwanted events of life. Life insurance policies protect you and your loved ones against the uncertainty of life. In case of an unfortunate event, the insurance provider helps with a lump sum amount of money helping the family to take care of financial debts and other responsibilities. Losing a child can be a heart-breaking experience for any parent and accumulated cash amount can be very helpful in such situations. Parents or loved ones may utilize this amount to help them to take care of funeral expenses, pending personal or education loans and other essential expenses. In this article, we are going to explain what is the importance of a life insurance for students and the benefits offered by various insurance providers.

Life Insurance Options for Students

Insurance providers are coming up with advantageous life insurance policies for different types of customers and students are no different. Usually, students are more into enjoying their college time than thinking of protection from unfortunate incidents. For once, it may seem irrelevant to the students, but if you go into the details, you will find life insurance is a smart buy. However, most people don’t realize the need in the early stages of their life and hence can’t buy one for them. Such policies are providing the students a useful way to take care of their study and other essential expenses.

There are multiple companies offering life insurance plans at affordable rates online. You are just requested to fill an online for the official website of insurance providers or on an insurance portal with multiple providers. Insurance representatives from different companies will reach you with top insurance quotes as per your requirement. They will patiently listen to your queries, explain all the available plan clearly and suggest the most suitable for you. Comparing the different plans for their coverage and benefits, you can choose a plan offering the maximum coverage for the best price. Also, students are considered to have a longer life-expectancy than some older buyer and are expected to live longer. Hence, insurance policies offer a cheaper insurance plan to attract younger buyers. If you are unmarried along with being a student and make you mind buying a life insurance plan, you may qualify some great discount of your insurance plan and get a premium quite cheaper than someone who is married or is working with a firm. Moreover, if you buy a life insurance plan in early stage of life, you can help your parents take a breath if relief as they won’t have to think much about the uncertainty of future.

Reasons to buy a life insurance plan for students

There are several reasons that may compel a student to a buy a life insurance for themselves. Here are a few of

21st Century Career Success

When it comes to modern career development, one thing we can all count on is change. With the advent of technology, telecommuting, and E-commerce, how work is performed is in a state of reinvention. Self-employment and small business development will become more the norm than big business. And career changes will be more frequent due to rapid changing organizations and industries. Finally, the line between one's personal and professional life will become even more blurred. Since the modern world of work is rapidly changing to keep up with the demands of our fast-paced lives and lifestyles, here are some characteristics of what the new work contract will look like:

  • Seeking more meaning from work.
  • Equating "career success" with personal satisfaction over paycheck or status.
  • Everyone will need their own "name-brand."
  • Increased use of technology.
  • Finding work that needs doing.
  • Changing in the way management and leadership is conducted (less arrogance at the top level, more power on lower levels).
  • Increased need for networking and self-marketing.
  • Lifelong "trying on" of various roles, jobs, and industries.
  • Creating a plan that is flexible, and continuously assessing the "fit" of the work.
  • Increased representation of women and minorities in the work.
  • Changing professional fields numerous times in a lifetime.
  • Self-responsibility: Everyone knows they have to chart their own career direction.

However, the 21st century career also offers many advantages:

  • More career opportunities for everyone.
  • Freedom to choose from a variety of jobs, tasks, and assignments.
  • More flexibility in how and where work is performed, ie working from home or telecommuting.
  • More control over your own time.
  • Greater opportunity to express yourself through your work.
  • Ability to shape and reshape your life's work in accordance with your values ​​and interests.
  • Increased opportunity to develop other skills by working in various industries and environments.
  • Self-empowerment mindset.
  • Allows you to create situations or positions where you can fill a need in the world that is not being filled.
  • Opportunity to present yourself as an independent contractor or vendor with services to offer.

How can you successfully navigate through the turbulent times of change and career uncertainty? By developing resiliency, exercising productivity, creating excellent self-marketing tools, keeping your skills up-to-date, and finding your unique life balance.

1. Develop resilience (the ability to bounce back).

Having the right attitude about career change is imperative to your ability to bounce back from setbacks, sudden changes, and twists and turns along your career path. You will experience a lot of career change and transitions, so you may as well get comfortable feeling uncomfortable.

2. Take a proactive approach to your career development

You must constantly be on the lookout for new ways to apply your gifts and talents in the new economy. This requires thinking creatively, actively promoting yourself / business, and being actively involved in how your career progresses. Staying involved in professional associations, and continuous networking are excellent ways to connect with other like-minded professionals.

3. Create first-rate marketing materials

Always keep your resume current. You never know when …