Peer Review in the Hub
Also, in the comments here on my rebuttal, the topic began to shift from whether physical aversives = torture, to the problems of behavior analysis. This has led to a new article from Christschool that addresses some of the broader problems he sees in behavior analysis. It also features quotes from myself to help prove the point, surprise, surprise.
I think, this sort of issue frightens some of our fellow bloggers. They might worry that here are two Hub bloggers having a serious disagreement. Some might wish us to drop the issue and focus on shared points of advocacy. However, I truly think this would be the wrong approach. Any view can become dogmatic. I would argue that if we fail to guard against this, dogma may creep in.
I would also propose that what makes us different here at the hub, is not just a more positive view of autism (something unbelievable to other parties), but that we allow ourselves to dissent if we see the need. I directly contrast this with other options such as the Age of Autism Blog.Don't let Christschool's and my disagreement frighten you merely because we disagree. It is a very serious debate, but it may help both us and our readers better understand the issues at hand.
It is also healthy for the Hub itself. The process of peer review which the hub provides, although casual, is also excellent. Here are statisticians, and geneticists, and professionals, and self-advocates, and parents all come together. But peer review only functions when it is free. And to be free, dissent must be able to be given in a fearless manner.
Some, readers may wonder why I bother to write such a disclaimer (I have already done so before after all), but I would mention that the Hub occasionally picks up new members and also there are always readers who are new to the hub. And even for the older members, it may serve as a healthy reminder. And I hope the reader keeps this in mind as s/he reads Christschool and myself.My reply to Christschool's latest article will follow in a day or so.