Naturalistic Neurodiversity

Exploring our differences through science.


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Welcome to Naturalistic Neurodiversity.

This is a group blog for atheists who don’t have the belief that there is a standard perfect model in whose image we’re all created.  We’re all simply evolved brains that happen to be really clever; deviation in the code will be normal and expected.  Since our minds and our brains are inseparable, respecting each other necessitates respecting neurological differences.  This doesn’t mean we should neglect therapies which would help an individual function to hir desired level, but it does mean perhaps we should stop stigmatizing “non-standard” brains so much.

Andy “The Nerd” Semler

Andy is a 20-something genderqueer atheist with ADHD.  Ze lives with hir boyfriend in St Louis and has a preschooler in Indiana.  Ze recently graduated with an associates in business, and helps run the Responsible Public Debates at the local Ethical Society.


I am married and in college, as well as working at a small ISP as Support Manager. I am working toward a degree in Mortuary Science, focusing on embalming, since that’s the aspect I want to deal with. Not enough? Feel free to email me if there is something you are just dying to know.


Ziztur lives in St. Louis, MO. Ziztur and Flimsy were married in a secular ceremony on October 30th, 2010, have been happily loving each other and getting naked together since July 2008. When Ziztur is not busy writing endless rants, she works as a biomechanics researcher and occupational therapist. Ziztur holds a doctoral degree in occupational therapy and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. She is vice president of the Skeptical Society of St. Louis and chair of the Fringe Science Investigations Committee of the Skeptical Society of St. Louis. She can occasionally be seen both writing for and giving workshops on skepticism with the James Randi Educational Foundation. She is (almost) a published research scholar who currently has the results of a biomechanics research project in press. Ziztur’s background in research gives her the ability to critically read and interpret published research findings. She often turns her skeptical eye on the claims made by alternative medicine practitioners and researchers. Ziztur is a third generation freethinker, having been brought up in an entirely secular household.

Drawing which reads "I love my brain"

image by super*dd


Written by The Nerd

August 1, 2011 at 4:40 pm

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