Autism and the Savant Hypothesis: The Evolution of Human Cognition and Mind

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Autism and the Savant Hypothesis approaches the complex condition of autism from a standpoint of signal processing. It is actually surprising to see how much of the many dimensions of autism can be understood with this approach. We start with the enigmatic autistic savant, and work backwards through the many facets of this condition, including: enhanced musical abilities, language difficulties, calendar counting, increased perceptual awareness, hidden figures, artistic talents, cognitive styles, and many others. One can then layer in genetic and histological findings to support the idea that autism is, at its core, a signal processing problem. By the conclusion of the book, the nature of the signal processing problem of autism sheds an interesting light into the nature of the origin of our special human cognition in a way that can only be appreciated through understanding autism.

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The author completed his undergraduate degree in engineering, and is a physician in private practice.

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