Tammet explains that the differences between savant and non-savant minds have been exaggerated; his astonishing capacities in memory, math, and language are neither due to a cerebral supercomputer nor any genetic quirk, but are rather the results of a highly rich and complex associative form of thinking and imagination. Autistic thought, he argues, is an extreme variation of a kind that we all do, from daydreaming to the use of puns and metaphors.
Embracing the Wide Sky combines meticulous scientific research with Tammet's detailed descriptions of how his mind works to demonstrate the immense potential within us all. He explains how our natural intuitions can help us to learn a foreign language, why his memories are like symphonies, and what numbers and giraffes have in common. We also discover why there is more to intelligence than IQ, how optical illusions fool our brains, and why too much information can make you dumb.
Many readers will be particularly intrigued by Tammet's original ideas concerning the genesis of genius and exceptional creativity. He illustrates his arguments with examples as diverse as the private languages of twins, the compositions of poets with autism, and the breakthroughs, and breakdowns, of some of history's greatest minds.
©2009 Daniel Tammet; (P)2009 Simon and Schuster
I greatly enjoyed his explanations of how he experiences the world and rate these sections of the book very high. The other information about language development, mathematical reasoning, and other areas were interesting but very dense. If it weren't for interspersing his personal observations I would have found these sections to be less interesting.
the fact that I have little time to read formally, and I could listen at my liesure.
well spoken english
the end of the book.
Daniel Tammet is autistic and has provided us a second book dealing with his cognitive functioning. This volume as well as his memoir, "Born on a Blue Day," deals with a number of cognitive issues while focusing on the autistic experience.
First, you will learn that being autistic is not what you thought. Forget the "Rain Man." There is more to the cognitive abilities of those with autism than meets the eye or the popular media.
This is a wonderful, informative, well written, insightful read. Daniel Gerroll doesn't miss a beat reading either. Take a chance on this one even if your interest is elsewhere.
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