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Author: Simon Baron-Cohen Narrator: Jonathan Cowley Publisher: Tantor Audio Audio Length: Release Date: February 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781705293027

Publisher Description

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' 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.

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Quotes

  • “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, New York Times bestselling author
  • “A fascinating account of the mechanisms underlying the related capacities of both autistic individuals and innovators.”

    - Brian Josephson, professor emeritus of physics, University of Cambridge, and director of the Mind-Matter Unification Project

Awards

  • New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

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About the Author

Simon Baron-Cohen is professor of developmental psychopathology and director of the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of more than 600 scientific articles and four books, including The Science of Evil and The Essential Difference.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Cowley, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a British actor hailing from Eastbourne, East Sussex, but he currently calls Los Angeles home. He has narrated many audiobooks and can also be heard on both sides of the Atlantic narrating film trailers and documentaries. He is also an active television and film actor who has appeared in Grey’s Anatomy, Veep, and WestWorld.