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This is a very interesting book for those interested in human behaviour. The author gives the reader a view of his mind - how he thinks and behaves, and why he reacts to circumstances and events in the way he does.
In certain instances he is a bit detailed (e.g. a card game that he devised), but this is how he thinks.
A very interesting read, which I highly recommend.
Apr 26, 2007
Curiosity is piqued among thinkers, readers, and academicians about savants---what goes on in their heads, and how do they arrive at ideas and solutions which evade the rest of us? Born on a Blue Day gives great insight into these mysteries from the personal point of view of Daniel Tammet, an autistic savant living in England. He is uniquely able to describe what he "sees" as he thinks about numbers and mentally completes mathematical calculations. His life story is engagingly told with occasional glimpses into the difficulties he encounters in social situations. It was especially revealing to follow Daniel's fascination with pi that led to his memorization and recitation of its digits to 22,514 places, setting the European record. In the book he includes illustrations of the groupings of color he sees in his head which help him recall the order of the digits of pi. The very human side of Daniel is refreshing as he describes his best friend, intellectual challenges, and how he is making a living via the internet. This book will make you feel better about our world and the people in it.
Apr 11, 2007
I found the book interesting as it spoke to anthropological origns of thought in the feeling and textures, synesthesias, created by sensory data as this man tries to integrate and relate to the world at large. There is a gestalt found in between the categories of his external ordering and categorization that reveals how he know s and feels.
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