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442 Name: (*゚ー゚) : 1993-09-8787 13:15

Was Data purposely written to be reminiscent of someone with an ASD/Aspergers? Not just in the meme way it gets thrown around on the internet nowadays but as in actual clinical autism. The strange, jerky head movements, the way he launches into an anecdote about something he finds fascinating but everyone around him finds boring but he can't read their disinterest so he just keeps talking, the way he's constantly presented as someone with "outsider syndrome", always observing but never participating, even the way he avoids contractions. Textbook ASD, I wonder if it was intentional.

452 Name: (*゚ー゚) : 1993-09-8788 21:06

Correlation does not imply causation. Robots do not pick up on social cues. Autistic people do not pick up on social cues. That does not mean robots are autistic. Autism was not as well-known a condition during the writing of TNG as it is now, and the likelihood of them writing an autistic person in as a secondary character are vanishingly small. Imagine, for comparison, a gender-queer "Weslie" Crusher in a 90s TV show about space.

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