A very well thought through and artfully presented challenge to mystical assumptions about creativity. It's also a useful coaching manual for anyone with a beating heart, functioning brain, and the determination to create. Here's an excerpt from the publisher's summary. Excuse the hyperbole: Penguin is in the business of selling books. Aston's writing is direct, confident and pitch perfect:
By taking the reader on a detailed journey through the history of autism, Steve Silberman challenges the dogma of normalcy that inhibits creativity by denying the biological, evolutionary and social importance of human diversity. Though this is not a book about creativity, it's hard to imagine getting close to a complete understanding of that fundamental human capacity without reading it.
This book is about consciousness, not creativity. However, by pushing back on our species-centric conceptualization of consciousness and how it evolved, Peter Godfrey-Smith extends to the point of breaking the tight constraints on mental processes that are a natural consequence of applying computer metaphors to cognition. In that sense, he directly informs the physically embodied / environmentally extended approach I take to investigating creativity.