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- KurzbeschreibungA New York Times bestseller<br>Winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction<br>A groundbreaking book that upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding, and full participation in society for people who think differently.<br>What is autism? A lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is all of these things and more-and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. WIRED reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years.<br>Going back to the earliest days of autism research and chronicling the brave and lonely journey of autistic people and their families through the decades, Silberman provides long-sought solutions to the autism puzzle, while mapping out a path for our society toward a more humane world in which people with learning differences and those who love them have access to the resources they need to live happier, healthier, more secure, and more meaningful lives.<br>Along the way, he reveals the untold story of Hans Asperger, the father of Asperger's syndrome, whose "little professors" were targeted by the darkest social-engineering experiment in human history; exposes the covert campaign by child psychiatrist Leo Kanner to suppress knowledge of the autism spectrum for fifty years; and casts light on the growing movement of "neurodiversity" activists seeking respect, support, technological innovation, accommodations in the workplace and in education, and the right to self-determination for those with cognitive differences.
- AutorSteve Silberman
- VerlagAvery Publishing Group
- FormatGebundene Ausgabe
- Seiten544 Seiten
- Gewicht775 g
- LeseprobeForeword<br>I first met Steve Silberman in 2001. He was a young journalist then, assigned to do a profile of me before the publication of my memoir Uncle Tungsten. He quickly gained my confidence, and I was to spend many hours talking with him, going with him to London, where I grew up, and introducing him to many of my friends and colleagues. Steve always dug deeper, asked more penetrating questions. He thought about things and made connections.<br>Around that time, he developed an interest in the growing "epidemic" of autism and Asperger's syndrome. He had been intrigued when I wrote about Temple Grandin and the savant artist Stephen Wiltshire in An Anthropologist on Mars , and now he set out to talk to researchers, physicians and therapists, parents of autistic children, and-most importantly-autistic people themselves. I know of no one else who has spent so much time simply listening, trying to understand what it is like to be autistic. Steve's journalistic instincts and skills led him to do a tremendous amount of research, illuminating as no one has before the history of Leo Kanner and Hans Asperger and their clinics, as well as those who followed. He has portrayed the remarkable shifting of attitudes toward autism and Asperger's over the past few decades.<br>NeuroTribes is a sweeping and penetrating history of all this, presented with a rare sympathy and sensitivity. It is fascinating reading; it will change how you think of autism, and it belongs alongside the works of Temple Grandin and Clara Claiborne Park, on the bookshelf of anyone interested in autism and the workings of the human brain.<br>Hans Asperger and children at the University of Vienna, 1930s.<br>Introduction:<br>Beyond the Geek Syndrome<br>There is more than one way to do it.<br>-LARRY WALL<br>On a bright May morning in 2000, I was standing on the deck of a ship churning toward Alaska's Inside Passage with more than a hundred computer programmers. The glittering towers of Vancouver receded behind us as we slipped under the Lions Gate Bridge heading out to the Salish Sea. The occasion was the first "Geek Cruise"-an entrepreneur's bid to replace technology conferences in lifeless convention centers with oceangoing trips to exotic destinations. I booked passage on the ship, a Holland America liner called the Volendam , to cover the maiden voyage for Wired magazine.<br>Of the many legendary coders on board, the uncontested geek star was Larry Wall, creator of Perl, one of the first and most widely used open-source programming languages in the world
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