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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (341 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Tammet Narrator: Daniel Gerroll Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Owner of “the most remarkable mind on the planet” (Entertainment Weekly), Daniel Tammet captivated readers and won worldwide critical acclaim with the 2007 New York Times bestselling memoir Born On A Blue Day and its vivid depiction of a life with autistic savant syndrome. In his fascinating new book, he writes with characteristic clarity and personal awareness as he sheds light on the mysteries of savants’ incredible mental abilities—and our own.

Tammet explains that the differences between savant and nonsavant 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.

Embracing the Wide Sky is a unique and brilliantly imaginative portrait of how we think, learn, remember, and create, brimming with personal insights and anecdotes and explanations of the most up-to-date, mind-bending discoveries from fields ranging from neuroscience to psychology and linguistics. This is a profound and provocative book that will transform our understanding and respect for every kind of mind.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marion | 2/19/2014

    " I learned so much from Tammet's book about the differences between savant and non-savant minds. I also was able to gain understanding about the unique ways that I process information Tammet looks at how our minds work and how they process information, from optical illusions to processing mathematics. He explains difficult concepts succinctly and clearly. Great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Amy | 2/17/2014

    " I was really disappointed by this book, which surprised me given how much I enjoyed "Born on a Blue Day" and the fact that the subject matter is all about how our brains work (which is my pet obsession). I think that may have been part of it - most of this information was not new to me and it was generally broad-ranging rather than deep. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jan | 2/15/2014

    " This book is about the brain and many of its aspects, e.g. how it might work. The book also deals with "savants" and is written by one. Having seen documentaries on the phenomenon the book did not offer much new for me. As someone with a computer science education one thing that I noticed was a bit of a bias "against" CS. Even savants don't know how their brain works and I find it slightly presumptuous to reject the idea that AI is impossible and CS cannot produce "intelligent machines". I particularly take issue with describing computer sciences' language as "impoverished" and limiting it to storage, input, output and retrieval (quote in the book by Gerald Edelman). You don't have to belief in the "new age messengers" of AI like Mr. Kurzweil, but I had wished for more respect for an important scientific discipline. Final note: I found several typos in the book - you would think that especially in a book such as this the text would be flawless... But then again, we're all humans and no machines (yet)... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mscout | 1/27/2014

    " Really fascinating look at how our brains work. I need to go back and read his first one, Born on a Blue Day. "

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