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Autism And Its Contribution To Human Invention

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Humans do some remarkable things, but even crows use tools. They do not, however, build rockets to fly themselves to the moon.

So humans have a few discoveries and inventions to celebrate, and people with autism should be included in the celebration, says Simon Baron-Cohen. He's an autism researcher who points out that many human gains have probably included people with autism, who have a great ability to see patterns.

Baron-Cohen makes the case in his book The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human Invention. The author joins us by phone from England to discuss his work.

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