Embracing the Wide Sky: A tour across the horizons of the mind

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Hodder & Stoughton, Aug 20, 2009 - Self-Help - 300 pages
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Daniel's internationally bestselling memoir of living with Asperger's Syndrome and Savant Syndrome, Born on a Blue Day established him as one of the most original talents in contemporary non-fiction.
Now, in his new book, Embracing the Wide Sky, he 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, and what numbers and giraffes have in common. We also discover why there is more to intelligence than IQ, how our brains turn light to sight, and why too much information can make you stupid.
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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User Review  - GlennBell - LibraryThing

The book is written by a savant by the name of Daniel Tammet. He has some special abilities in language and in numbers. His discussion regarding the mind is reasonable although at times basic. His ... Read full review

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User Review  - lindap69 - LibraryThing

written by Daniel Tammet, the savant who also wrote Born on a Blue Day, this is an insight into the mind and how it works - hopeful for the aged as those neural pathways do keep connecting! Read full review

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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 website company, Optimnem, has provided foreign language instruction to thousands around the globe. His last book, the Sunday 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, in the south of France.

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