Embracing the Wide Sky
is a new book by the New York Times
bestselling author of Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant
. Here, Daniel takes us not only into his life as an autistic savant, but also into the workings of his mind. Having one of the world's most examined brains, and having been the subject of leading neuroscientists in the U.S. and the UK, he is particularly equipped to explain what science has learned about him and about all of our brains. He explains how he masters languages, math and memorization, demonstrating in the process the immense potential that is within us all.
Drawing on his personal experience in fascinating and profound ways, Daniel shows that the deepest secrets of the brain may be hidden in plain sight. His tour across the horizons of the mind will fascinate and instruct and open our eyes to the beauty found in every kind of mind.
1. Tammet states that one of his intentions in writing Embracing the Wide Sky
is to show that the thinking processes of geniuses and autistic savants is not so different from everyone else and that "anyone can learn from them" (Pg. 9). Do you think he has successfully shown this? Why or why not? What are some of the things that you learned, which if applied might enhance your own mental performance?
2. Tammet hopes to alter our perceptions about the nature of autistic savants. He states that "even to this day autistic savants are too often view