NTs are supposed to be better at the former, while autistic people are better at the later.
Baron-Cohen sees empathy as a core human trait. Since autistic people are supposedly deficient…
Furthermore, the idea of ‘reduced empathy’ in autistic people is even more dangerous when combined with other forms of marginalisation.
This kind of thinking, when taken to its extreme, results in people’s lives being taken.
That doesn’t stop Baron-Cohen’s message from being dangerous.
Clearly he didn’t see exactly why that would be really fucking dangerous to say about a black man.
Isn’t the idea that black people are less empathic - and therefore less human, according to this line of thinking - what leads to many of us dying at the hands of racists?