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1.0 out of 5 stars Blame it all on Darwin, 10 Dec 2013
This review is from: Asperger Syndrome and Anxiety: A Guide to Successful Stress Management (Paperback)
An utterly worthless book, unfortunately. It starts off promisingly enough but after only a few pages descends into a brand of "evolution did it" type of hokum that undermines everything which follows. Dubin waxes lyrical in a "Clan of the Cave Bear" style fashion about our hunter-gatherer ancestors before, hilariously, talking about traits we inherited "from our cold blooded friends the reptiles" (Is this before or after they sprouted wings and turned into birds?).

Dubin also helpfully points out that parts of our brains resembles that of rats and snakes. I'm sure he's also aware that we share much of our DNA with bananas (we wouldn't be able to ingest the darn things otherwise) so I daresay the next time I suffer a meltdown due to my Aspergers I can blame a piece of mouldy fruit?

I'd been given this book on recommendation in the hope it would help me develop (not evolve) strategies to cope with the challenges my condition presents on daily basis. Unfortunately Dubin bases his examination of human thought processes and behaviour on Darwinian just-so stories that throw the whole thing into the realm of psuedoscientific speculation. Apparently the Prince behaves the way he does because he was once a frog.

But that's just a fairy tale.
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Initial post: 10 Jun 2014 00:25:53 BDT
Magnus Lund says:
Did you look for other books that you felt helped you? If so, I'd be interested in hearing about it before choosing what book to buy.
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