Here is what Scientific American has to say ... (btw, the author's theories on autism being extreme of male-brain or systems thinking, were initially considered to be controversial).
- Silicon Valley and other tech-savvy communities report exceptionally high rates of autism. These trends might reflect a link between genes that contribute to autism and genes behind technical aptitude.
- When two technical-minded individuals pair up, their children may inherit genes for useful cognitive skills, as well as genes involved in the development of autism.
- Furthermore, high levels of testosterone in the womb may play a role in the development of both technical and autistic minds.