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Summary

A groundbreaking argument about the link between autism and ingenuity.

Why can humans alone invent? In The Pattern Seekers, Cambridge University psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen makes a case that autism is as crucial to our creative and cultural history as the mastery of fire. Indeed, Baron-Cohen argues that autistic people have played a key role in human progress for 70,000 years, from the first tools to the digital revolution. 

How? Because the same genes that cause autism enable the pattern seeking that is essential to our species' inventiveness. However, these abilities exact a great cost on autistic people, including social and often medical challenges, so Baron-Cohen calls on us to support and celebrate autistic people in both their disabilities and their triumphs. Ultimately, The Pattern Seekers isn't just a new theory of human civilization, but a call to consider anew how society treats those who think differently.

©2020 Simon Baron-Cohen (P)2021 Tantor

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  • 12-04-21

Awful reading, fascinating text

The narration of this audiobook is mechanical and stilted.

The content is interesting. It is a sham that charts and appendices are not provided in a pdf.

A poor audiobook. I may well have to buy this to do the content justice.

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Obnoxiously loud breathing

Sounds like the narrator has some respiratory issues, as he's rushing through to take a big loud gulp of air in between every couple of words. Could not listen to it for more than a minute. If you're autistic and sensitive to annoying sounds, beware.