The Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child by Thom Hartmann
Explores how the ADHD gene is and has been critical to humanity's development
• 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 public schools as having a disorder
• 10,000 sold in hardcover since August 2003
Thomas Edison was expelled from school for behavior that today would label him as having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but his mother understood how to salvage his self-esteem and prepare him for a lifetime of success. In The EdisonGene Thom Hartmann shows that the creativity, impulsiveness, and distractibility that are characteristic of ADHD are not signs of a disorder at all, but instead are components of a highly adaptive skill set utilized by our hunting and gathering ancestors. These characteristics have been critical to the survival and development of our modern civilization and will be vital as humanity faces new challenges in the future.
Hartmann, creator of the “hunter versus farmer” theory of ADHD, examines the latest discoveries confirming the existence of an ADHD gene and the global catastrophe 40,000 years ago that triggered its development. Citing examples of significant innovators in our modern era, he argues that the children who possess the “Edison gene” have neurology that is wired to give them brilliant success as innovators, inventors, explorers, and entrepreneurs. He offers concrete strategies for helping Edison-gene children reach their full potential and shows that rather than being “problems,” such children are a vital gift to our society and the world.
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.
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.