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The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human Invention

Category: Book
By (author): Baron-Cohen, Simon
Subject:  PSYCHOLOGY / General
  PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Autism Spectrum Disorders
  SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Basic Books
Published: November 2020
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 272
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$ 35.00
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From The Publisher*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 seventy thousand 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's 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.
Review Quote*"A thoughtful argument that creativity shares many of the same traits as autism.... Insightful."-Kirkus
Review Quote*"Baron-Cohen's work buttresses the case that aspects of autism can be positive, and that thoughtful guidance can channel some with that diagnosis into productive and meaningful work. Readers interested in accessible and innovative looks at the human mind, such as those of Yuval Noah Harari, will be fascinated."-Publishers Weekly
Review Quote*"Based on massive research, Simon Baron-Cohen argues that most of us are specialized in how we perceive the world around us. There are those who focus on people and those who focus on things. The author makes a compelling case that the second kind of mind -- the pattern seeker -- is at the root of modern human civilization."-Frans de Waal, C. H. Candler Professor of Primate Behavior at Emory University and author of Mama's Last Hug
Review Quote*"Simon Baron-Cohen has long been a champion of autistic people, and The Pattern Seekers -- a thought-provoking book -- makes a significant contribution to the emerging literature on neurodiversity."
-John Elder Robison, author of Look Me in the Eye
Review Quote*"It's rare to come across a surprising new idea that explains important phenomena, but Simon Baron-Cohen's exploration of abstract pattern-seeking in human affairs is one of them. This book sheds light on one of humanity's most distinctive traits, celebrates human cognitive diversity, and in contrast with its subject matter, is rich with empathy and psychological insight."- Steven Pinker, author of The Language Instinct
Review Quote*"The Pattern Seekers is a game-changing book, a passport into exploring the world of innovation and creativity. Most importantly, it celebrates autistic people and is a call for action, to welcome neurodiversity."-David Joseph, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK
Review Quote*"The Pattern Seekers is a book of big ideas and is sure to excite intense discussion and debate, fueled by Baron-Cohen's lively prose and provoking stories."-Daniel J. Povinelli, author of World Without Weight
Review Quote*"Simon Baron-Cohen, an internationally acclaimed authority on human brains, has written a fascinating book that illuminates the 'spectrum' of thinking styles. After reading it, you'll better understand the personalities of your friends and colleagues!"-Martin Rees, author of On the Future