The Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child

The Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child

by Thom Hartmann
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The Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child by Thom Hartmann

New scientific research shows how the ADHD gene has been critical to humanity’s development for 40,000 years

• Shows how artists, inventors, and innovators carry the gene necessary for the future survival of humanity|

• Explains why children with the Edison gene are so often mislabeled in our public schools as having ADHD

• By the creator of the “hunter/farmer hypothesis” of ADHD

Thomas Edison was thrown out of school for behavior that today would label him as having ADHD, but his mother understood how to salvage his self-esteem and prepare him for a lifetime of success. The quick-thinking and impulsive characteristics of what we term ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) are not signs of a disorder at all, but rather are parts of a highly adaptive and useful skill set that served our hunting and gathering ancestors very well. In The Edison Gene Thom Hartmann shows that these characteristics have also been critical to the survival and development of our modern civilization and will be vital and necessary as humanity faces new challenges in the future.

Hartmann, creator of the “hunter/farmer hypothesis” of ADHD, examines the latest discoveries confirming the existence of an ADHD gene and the earth-wide catastrophe 40,000 years ago that may well have triggered its development. Citing examples of significant innovators of our modern era, he argues that the brains of the children who possess the Edison gene are wired to give them brilliant success as innovators, inventors, explorers, and entrepreneurs, but that those same qualities often cause them problems in the context of our public schools. Hartmann offers concrete strategies for helping Edison-gene children to reach their full potential and shows that rather than being “problems,” they are an important and vital gift to our society and world.

Thom Hartmann is the award-winning, bestselling author of over a dozen books, including Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, and Unequal Protection. A former psychotherapist and founder of the Hunter School, a residential and day school for children with ADHD, he lives in central Vermont.

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ISBN-13: 9780892811281
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 10/28/2003
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Thom Hartmann is the award-winning, bestselling author of over a dozen books, including Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception and The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight. A former psychotherapist and founder of the Hunter School, a residential and day school for children with ADHD, he lives in central Vermont.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
In this book, Thom logically progresses up an ¿abstraction ladder¿, from brain cells and parts, to the individual child and their genes. He then moves to our institutions and postulates that our modern schools are oppressive and are profoundly wounding our Edison Gene children by treating and labeling them as ¿disordered¿. Thom asks the reader to take a new look at methods for raising Edison Gene (ADHD) children and how the very survival of the human race may ultimately depend on these hyper-creative and novelty seeking brains. Thom believes that the millions invested by some interested parties to label these beautiful children ¿disordered have biased research. You may disagree with the conclusions, but there is enough proof provided here to convince even the most ardent skeptic that Thom¿s premise, that ADHD is a naturally selected trait and beneficial to society, deserves serious consideration. Thom illustrates in this book that the world will be losing something great if we don't learn to accept, love, and nurture our 'Edison Gene' children and their gifts.
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