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Embracing The Wide Sky by Daniel Tammet
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Apr 25, 2010

really liked it

Some people after stroke lose ability to understand the language yet remain intelligent and self-sufficient. (Though Tammet contradicts himself later in the book).
Some people with synaesthesia (colouring sounds/ words/ numbers in one's mind), colour things with colours they can't see in the 'real' world. (Martian colours)
Otherwise, Tammet picked up the lingo talking with top neuroscientist that were researching him. Tammet's own research doesn't seem to be deep, and I heard most of the arguments already.
Tammet unnecessarily posits that most savants are like him, with 'language' centre in the brain cross-connected to other centres (unlike in a 'healthy' brain).
Nevertheless, readable, short and well structured book.

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