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Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2020
This book is pretty boring. I'm on the spectrum as they say today. i.e. Asperger's Syndrome. But my experiences are nothing like hers-. I admire the author a great deal and she describes her experiences in an understandable way that are probably very helpful to some, but she assumes we are all alike, and we are not. I'm convinced that all of us are different. I was hoping to find out how my brain is different from the brains of neuronormals, and was interested in how the author's brain is different. I admire her efforts to study her own brain. I would not go to those lengths to have my brain scanned. For me a brain scan would be pure torture. I was interested to see that I share many of the author's sensory problems as well as how many are different from hers. With so many differences from her experiences as well as the differences she has seen among her students, I am coming to think there isn't such a thing as an "Autistic Brain", because we are all so different in so many ways. But if the brain is no different, then how come there are so many sensory differences between us and the neuronormals? It's our perceptions that seem to be different. Social events they enjoy were always torture for me. I suffered through them because other people wanted me to be normal. And I thought I could make myself be normal, but I never could learn to like the things they enjoy. This book did nothing to explain to me why it is impossible for me to be "normal". Perhaps no one knows. I thought having a brain that is different would explain the problem. She would need to see the scans of many Autistic brains to see anything they have in common. She doesn''t mention having done that. Any scientific study of any value needs to have a great many subjects to compare. Without those comparisons, the idea of an "Autistic Brain" has no real data to prove anything.