Michael Forbes Wilcox

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Name: Michael Forbes Wilcox
Date registered: October 8, 2010

Latest posts

  1. 50th Anniversary — October 15, 2016
  2. Acceptance Is Belonging — April 23, 2016
  3. An underreported feature of planned changes in US currency — April 23, 2016
  4. The demise of mirror neurons? — April 8, 2016
  5. The Evolution of American Political Parties — February 19, 2016

Most commented posts

  1. Was Steve Jobs Autistic? — 33 comments
  2. My appearance on “Where We Live” on WNPR November 2, 2011 — 10 comments
  3. Is It Time to Abandon the DSM? — 9 comments
  4. Gaze Aversion: An Autistic Adaptation — 8 comments
  5. Is There An Autistic Personality? — 8 comments

Author's posts listings

Oct 15

50th Anniversary


  On October 15, 1966, I was married for the first time. That day, like its counterpart 50 years later, was a bright sunny day in the Berkshires, with the autumn foliage on full display. When I think back on the next few years of my early twenties; a time of hope, and dreams of …

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Apr 23

Acceptance Is Belonging

A beautiful essay, written by my friend Amy Sequenzia, for Autism Acceptance Month. Autism Acceptance means more than love and understanding. It means belonging. Amy lived in Great Barrington for a time, and was very active in CATA. She has published a collection of poetry.

Apr 23

An underreported feature of planned changes in US currency

I am very pleased with the change of heart that places Tubman on the twenty and leaves Hamilton on the ten. Tucked away at the end of this article is another hugely important change, one that is long overdue. Many (if not most) currencies have different sizes for different denominations, enabling people with poor or …

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Apr 08

The demise of mirror neurons?

The latest (April 2016) issue of Scientific American contains an article that caught my eye. It is billed as “Cognitive Psychology” and subtitled “By honing ax-making skills while scanning their own brains, researchers are studying how cognition evolved.” This is clearly a very speculative venture, and the article (“Tales of a Stone Age Neuroscientist” available …

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Feb 19

The Evolution of American Political Parties

Are we on the verge of a major shift in the way our political parties operate in this country? Jill Lapore has published a postmortem of the 2016 New Hampshire Primary, and perhaps of the political parties that we have known in recent years. Her basic point is that political parties have been with us …

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Dec 09

Back in the Saddle

Alice and I had not taken the horses out for a long time, but we had a great ride on Monday.Some time ago, Stewart had developed a serious infection in one foot and was sidelined for several weeks while it healed. He seems all better now, but he and Spot had not done any riding for a while. …

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Nov 25

Another Mischaracterization of Autism

An article entitled “The Gene Hackers” appeared in the November 16, 2015 issue of The New Yorker. It attracted my attention because it touches on neuroscience and other topics that interest me. I always worry when I read an article like this that autism will be mentioned in an unfavorable light. I didn’t have to wait …

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Oct 22

My Round of Golf with Bob Hope

On a hot summer day, many years ago, I spent an afternoon with Bob Hope on the golf course. Hope was born in 1903, and he lived to be 100. The day I met him, he was in his mid-70s, and he was still very much a part of the entertainment scene and the celebrity …

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Sep 11

Kudos to a Harrington’s driver; some other drivers, not so much

A big thank you to the Harrington’s driver this morning who stopped when he saw our horses in distress, very near my house, on East Road in Alford. He turned off his engine and waited patiently while we got the horses settled down, dismounted, and led them down my driveway. We of course thanked him …

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Jun 07

Exciting news! My final symptoms are fading away

Exciting news! My final symptoms are fading away. According to this Harvard website, The ideal blood pressure is 120/80; as it rises above that threshold, the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other health problems steadily rises. At 140/90, doctors generally recommend blood pressure medication. I have a new cuff at home that I am …

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