Asperger Test

Having observed that bloggers and other geeks show an “obsessive attention to detail, social awkwardness, and some difficulty relating to other people,” the folks at Pie Palace have taken a test devised by Cambridge psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen (not to be confused with the guy who played “Borat”) and made it easy to take online.

I scored a few points shy of the 32 required for Asperger’s diagnosis but somewhat higher than PZ Myers, who figures he’s merely “cruel and insensitive.” Draw your own conclusions.

via Andrew Sullivan

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  1. just me says:

    That test is kind of easy to tell what would or wouldn’t be the Asperger’s diagnosis.

    My 9 year old is diagnosed though, so I am more familiar with the various symptoms and see them daily. Although some people have misconceptions about what autism is and people with autism act.

    It is easy to see why a lot of Aspie’s end up on the internet or in computer oriented fields.

  2. rodney dill says:

    I scored a 26, but then I work in IT, in an area that involves people with a lot of engineering and math background. The score wasn’t any surprise to me.

  3. Alex Knapp says:

    I scored a 14, which looked like it was below “average”, whatever that means.

    From this, I conclude that I am very cool. Heed all of my words carefully!

  4. John Burgess says:

    Alex: At 13, I be cooler than thee!

    I figure that means that I am sensitive to other people in the room, but not much more than that.

  5. William d'Inger says:

    Uh-oh. My 38 score seems pretty far out there. Worse, if I had answered the questions honestly, my score would be nearer to 50. Fortunately, I am not a blogger but rather just a Joe Schmoe in search of information not tainted by the MSM.

  6. Jay says:

    32 for me, which is close to where I stood on the same test in the past. I may have been as low as 27 or 28 before. It’s probably on one of the blogs somewhere, and was the same test, just less pretty. Not a surprise.

  7. Dave Schuler says:

    John B: you and me, kid. 13

  8. John Burgess says:

    Dave: It must be that we’re among the kinder and gentler folk.

  9. Anjin-San says:

    14, so I guess I am an IT geek who can make good cocktail chatter when necessary…

  10. Joe Reed says:

    7, and I thought I was pretty geeky.

  11. MikeT says:

    18. It’s interesting to note these results from Vox Day’s blog. The atheism-inclined like Dr. Meyers scored much higher on average toward the AS range than the religiously-inclined.