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Mindblindness: An Essay on Autism and Theory of Mind

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In Mindblindness, Simon Baron-Cohen presents a model of the evolution and development of "mindreading." He argues that we mindread all the time, effortlessly, automatically, and mostly unconsciously. It is the natural way in which we interpret, predict, and participate in social behavior and communication. We ascribe mental states to people: states such as thoughts desires ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published January 22nd 1997 by Bradford Book (first published 1995)
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Jul 16, 2009 Marisa rated it liked it
It's about autism. Mr Baron-Cohen is one of those "I'm going to think hard about how the brain must work from a few psychology experiments" guys. In this case, though, at least he did a bunch of such experiments himself. The book is designed to be readable for those without specialized knowledge of the field but is still interesting to someone, like me, who has moderate background in neuroscience. Essentially, he proposes a set of neural mechanisms which would suffice to explain how people devel ...more
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Mar 01, 2015 Jane Lebak rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
A *lot* to think about in this book. Baron-Cohen handles the development of human beings' perception of self in relation to other selves and then analyzes what's different in individuals with autism. This wasn't quite the book I expected (when I see "essay" I think "introspective ramblings" not "heavily footnoted scientific paper you'll have to read in total silence in order to comprehend") but it was really good and challenging in many ways.

I got about a page into the introduction and then ski
I'm not prepared to review this one, in all honesty. Too close to the issue, perhaps? A bit overwhelmed by the terminology? Dunno. Maybe someday.

However, the only passage I want to note for myself (and found a bit startling, candidly) was the section on pp. 94-95 of the edition I read relating that it is no longer in dispute that autism is a form of brain damage, simply that the area or areas damaged have not yet quite been nailed down. If Baron-Cohen has stated similar ideas elsewhere, I've mis
Sandee Clemons
Nov 02, 2008 Sandee Clemons rated it did not like it
I have read this book and I found it very hard to understand. I am aware that people on the autism spectrum do have trouble with mind blindness, but this book could have been written without all the *BIG* words that make it too hard to understand!
Robert Stojnic
Aug 21, 2009 Robert Stojnic rated it it was ok
The book is more about Baron-Cohens theory of the mind, which he himself described as "not very convincing" than autism.
Aug 14, 2012 Ally rated it really liked it
I think I finally 'get' Theory of Mind now. A good introduction, comprehensive and accessible. Good for anyone interested in autism or social cognition in general
A fair amount of data about autism is gone over but the author overstates the extent to which it supports the details of his view. The overall picture seems right.
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Simon Baron-Cohen FBA is Professor of Developmental psychopathology at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. He is the Director of the University's Autism Research Centre, and a Fellow of Trinity College. He has worked on autism, including the theory that autism involves degrees of mind-blindness (or delays in the development of theory of mind) and his later theory that autism is an e ...more
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