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The Edison Gene by Thom Hartmann
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Aug 30, 2008

really liked it
Read in September, 2008

I bought this book for my medical library at the request of one of our psychologists, and had absolutely no intention of reading it myself. But the blurb on the back was so intriguing, I couldn't help cracking the book open, and I found it truly fascinating. The author argues that ADHD children have a gene that was adaptive for the hunter-gatherer tribes of the past who had to constantly scan the environment for risks and change direction at a moment's notice. He believes that this gene can still be adaptive in our society -- in fact, is often associated with high creativity, achievement and innovation -- when parents and schools are flexible enought to allow these children to reach their full potential. He uses Thomas Edison's life story as an example. I found the writing very accessible, and I learned a lot of genetics and evolution in a pretty darn painless fashion.
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