Actually, it’s baloney.

The first sentence reads:

It has long been known that dyslexics are drawn to running their own businesses, …

This is bull.  Speaking as a practicing dyslexic it should say that dyslexics are driven into running their own business.  The rising idiocy which is the meritocracy movement drives out of the main stream talent with any learning disability that runs counter to their fetish for testing.

That’s my opinion.  I have experience; and I have considered numerous hypothesis over the decades.  Many of which I’ve discarded and some I still nurture.  I certainly don’t have data from well run experiments.  This article, in the New York Times, pretends it’s reporting a legitimate conclusion.  But yeah, the  article stands upon the result of one question in one survey of small business owners.  Here’s that result:

35 percent – identified themselves as dyslexic

And it’s off to the races … the author, and possibly the researchers doing the survey, decided to adopt the Pangloss position.  Sweet of them.  They then called around and collected quotes from various successful dyslexics.  Who, understandably, got with the program.  It is certainly in our best interest to pump up the impression that we bring some secret talent to the party, and no doubt we do.  But, it ain’t got nothing to do with some magnetic attraction to running a business.

I did take some delight in reading between the lines.  The various “dyslexics speak” pull quotes are a study in one of the talents dyslexics have; that most anything they say has layers of hidden meanings.  I enjoyed the subtle undercurrent of bemusement at the invitation to play into this farce.  The best is this quote the article ends with; I’m quoting this a bit out of context but this is from the last quote in the article:

Actually, it’s baloney. But that’s what our marketing people came up with.


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