Embracing the Wide Sky: A Tour Across the Horizons of the Mind (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 6, 2009 - Psychology - 288 pages
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Owner of "the most remarkable mind on the planet," (according to 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 non-savant 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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Review: Embracing the Wide Sky: A Tour Across the Horizons of the Mind

User Review  - Amyra Moon - Goodreads

Daniel Tammet has written a book seeded with many ideas. I think he's very good at compiling relevant information and presenting them in a concise way to juxtapose concepts we normally don't associate ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jordan Castillo Price - Goodreads

It took a savant to explain the electoral college to me, go figure! I really enjoyed Mr. Tammet's prior book, Born on a Blue day, which is more autobiographical and focuses on his spectrum disorder. I ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Wider Than the sky
7
Intelligence and Talent
36
seeing What Is Not There
57
AWorld ofWords
87
The Number Instinct
125
The Biology of Creativity
153
Light to sight
172
Food for Thought
191
Thinking by Numbers
221
The Future of the Mind
253
Acknowledgments
269
Index
277
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About the author (2009)

Daniel Tammet is a writer, linguist, and educator. A 2007 poll of 4,000 Britons named him as one of the world's "100 living geniuses." His last book, the New York Times bestseller Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant, has been translated into 18 languages. He lives in Avignon, France.

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