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Publisher's 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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I made it about halfway through

I cannot get past the reader's tone, cadence, and voice. He has ruined many books for me. As I only listened to half I cannot comment on the entire book but I wish there was more content about autism and less repetitive "if and then" examples, listening to Mr. Cowley read it made my blood boil. Sorry Simon.

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Too sciency

Very scientific. I got lost in some sections. I finished the book but didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would have.

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  • 04-12-21

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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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 03-15-21

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.

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  • Tigerfritters
  • 05-13-22

Can't listen to this narrator

Excellent book but the narration is awful, the guy speaks every sentence with the same cadence and inflection, and i found it impossible to focus on the content as i just wanted it to end. Switched to the written format and highly recommend. Please though, stay away from anything narrated by Jonathan Cowley

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  • Robert Jarvie
  • 04-16-22

Revelation

Interesting insight. I always felt ‘different’ with regard to my relationships. Finally vindicated. The book describes the issue very well and although mildly within the scope I could easily determine an affinity.

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  • 02-15-22

Amazing Insight

This was such an interesting insight into the different brain types. It was so engaging and useful. It has really helped me to understand my daughter.

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  • 07-27-21

Narration was unlistenable

I only managed a chapter of this book because of the the narration. The sharp intakes of breath before every sentence were driving me mad, and the rhythm of the reading generally I just couldn't listen to, but can't quite put my finger on why.