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Born on a Blue Day : Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant

by Daniel Tammet
| Item # P9722
Born on a Blue Day : Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant P9722
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Reading Group Discussion Guide forBorn On A Blue Day1. How does Daniel Tammet's experience of numbers and language differ from that of most people? What explains his intense attraction to prime numbers? How does Daniel characterize his relationships with numbers, and how does it compare to his relationships with people?2. How are Daniel's savant syndrome and his epilepsy connected? Why might epilepsy allow some regions of Daniel's brain to perform with remarkable efficiency? Of Daniel's many remarkable abilities as a savant, which did you find most fascinating or extraordinary, and why?3. "Predictability was important to me, a way of feeling in control in a given situation, a way of keeping feelings of anxiety at bay, at least temporarily." To what extent is Daniel's need for regularity and predictability a kind of compulsion? Why might similar behavior in someone without savant syndrome be perceived as neurosis? How does the unexpected affect Daniel?4. How can Daniel's professional success be understood in light of his having grown up in a large family that required a great deal of him socially, despite his autism? What roles might his family's uncertain finances and his father's illness have played in Daniel's development? How would you characterize Daniel's connection to his family as an adult?5. Why was Daniel unable to reveal the fact of his homosexuality to his parents prior to his time volunteering in Lithuania? How did his experiences living abroad affect Daniel's sense of self? To what extent were you surprised at Daniel's ability to adapt to life in another country?6. How would you describe Daniel's relationship with his partner, Neil? In light of Daniel's unique neurological concerns, why was their decision to move in together especially complicated? How do they accommodate Daniel's autistic spectrum disorder in their day-to-day life as a couple? Given that Daniel has difficulty feeling and identifying emotions, why do you think he is able to experience r

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  • AR Level7.9
  • AR Quiz Number120721
  • AR Quiz Points13
  • AuthorDaniel Tammet
  • Page Count256
  • ISBN101416549013
  • ISBN139781416549017
  • PublisherFree Press
  • Year Published2007
  • Grade Level12
  • Type of BookNon-Fiction
  • SubjectBiography: general
  • Lexile Level1170
  • ImprintFree Press

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