Lifestyles of the Honest and Awkward

September 11, 2009

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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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