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I'm sorry.  I guess my point was lost in the stereotype.  Autism is a very real, very serious mental illness, having nothing to do with mathematics.  The problem is not autistic mathematicians.  The problem is financial managers who are so obsessed with making the numbers look good on paper that they begin to believe they can evade reality if they can just manipulate the numbers enough.  If they just hire clever enough people to manipulate the numbers, they can make the reality of a mountain of bad debt look like it's something else.  If the current crisis was really caused by a bunch of autistic mathematicians in the back room, would it make the crisis any less real?

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by budr on Sat Jan 26th, 2008 at 01:41:02 PM EST
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