This book is dedicated to the beauty found in every kind of mind.
Our minds are miracles--immensely intricate webs of gossamer light inside our heads that shape our very sense of self and our understanding of the world around us.
Given the chance to contribute meaningfully within a truly inclusive meeting of every kind of mind, each one of us can use our brains to do what they have always done best: imagining a better and brighter tomorrow.
Tammet explains that the differences between savant and nonsavant minds have been exaggerated; his astonishing capacities in memory, math, and language are due to neither 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.
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The author of Born on a Blue Day combines meticulous scientific research with 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, why there is more to intelligence than IQ, how our brains turn light to sight, why too much information can make you stupid, and more.… (more)