Simon Baron-Cohen

Simon Baron-Cohen

How Autism Drives Human Invention

The Great Reset/
Fri 20 November 2020

Crowdcast

Simon Baron-Cohen

How Autism Drives Human Invention

Simon Baron-Cohen
Fri 20 November 2020,

Crowdcast

Why can humans alone invent? Psychologist and world-renowned autism expert Simon Baron-Cohen puts forward a bold new theory: because we can identify patterns, specifically if-and-then patterns. And he argues that the genes for this unique ability overlap with the genes for autism.

From the first musical instrument to the agricultural, industrial and digital revolutions, Baron-Cohen shows how this unique ability has driven human progress for 70,000 years. By linking one of our greatest human strengths with a condition that is so often misunderstood, he challenges us to think differently about those who think differently.

Book cover of The Pattern Seekers by Simon Baron-Cohen

The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human Invention is published by Allen Lane. Buy a copy from our friends at Waterstones.

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