The Prodigy's Cousin

The Prodigy's Cousin

The Family Link Between Autism and Extraordinary Talent

Book - 2016
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Investigates more than thirty child prodigies, all of whom have extraordinary memories and a keen eye for detail, and uncovers a genetic link between prodigy and autism.
Publisher: New York, New York : Current, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781617230189
Branch Call Number: 155.455 RUT 2016
Characteristics: x, 273 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Stephens, Kimberly


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Jun 05, 2017

********* 100-Starred Review ********
This book has most egregiously been referred to as a // pop psychology \\ book - - to be expected in today's atmosphere when a Real Scientist, doing Real Science, would have to stand out as a genuine maverick!
This is both an extraordinarily well researched and extraordinarily well written book! A prodigious achievement!
What the scientist, Dr. Ruthsatz, has done is to seek out the connection between autism and prodigy, and as an aside of my own, the occurrences of childhood brain-affecting infections have appeared historically among geniuses across the spectrum [think Nicola Tesla] and again we see such appearances among the subjects found and studied. She asked the Next Question - - something little done today, whether in scientific investigation or other types!
[It possibly appears that in some if not many cases, child prodigies appear, then infection followed by autism appears, then hopefully, with extreme effort on behalf of the parents, the child // grows \\ out of said autism, or given the natural neuroplasticity of the human brain, perhaps the infection, or damage done by said infection, is finally remedied???? Or perhaps a natural evolutionary stage????]
[General FYI: During the 1980s there was some truly fascinating research being done on viruses and their effects on human evolution, i.e., transfer and transmission of DNA by them, et cetera. Most unfortunately, Reagan in his bizarre religious fervor killed that government-financed research.]

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