Lifestyles of the Honest and Awkward

September 11, 2009


In the Wall Street Journal article “Lifestyles of the Honest and Awkard,” about Asperger’s Syndrome, Tyler Cowen is cited as talking about themes from from Create Your Own Economy:

“…Mr. Cowen calls people along the autism spectrum the ‘infovores’ of modern society” and argues, “along many dimensions we as a society are working hard to mimic their abilities at ordering and processing information.’ In a world awash in distracted people desperately (and unsuccessfully) trying to multitask, Mr. Cowen says, Aspies’ ability to focus on detail is a profound advantage. This is particularly true in academia, he argues, where ‘autism is often a competitive advantage rather than a problem to be solved.’”

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