Could you survive in the wild?
“Farming is stable.” Thus says Thom Hartmann as he explains why the specialization of function became the dominating force in most of the world, as least as far back as Mesopotamia. Once associated with religion, it was a force that rolled over most of the human-occupied realm. Ironically, specialization of function eventually led to the development of weapons and technologies of destruction. Did the Hunter Gene, when repressed, adapt to the “Farming Society” and resurface in a socially acceptable mega-form? But that’s not the point that Thom Hartmann is trying to make in this book. He’s telling us that those with predominantly Hunter Genes, while not well suited to success as defined by the current societal norms, are very well suited to become successful entrepreneurs, inventors, consultants, and visionaries.
He takes us back through the scientific history of ADD and ADHD, as well as the psychology that predates it. It’s all about the short attention span (or mostly about that). He calls on Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Ben Franklin, and Ernest Hemingway as examples of Hunter Types who would now be classified as dysfunctional according to most educational facilities.
This is not a superficial treatise. Hartmann looks at this issue in-depth and from a 360° perspective. He weighs and measures the use of drugs like Ritalin in agonizing detail. He tries to make sense of why some people can learn to navigate around short attention spans and other can’t. He asks how far successful Hunter Types could have gone if there had been up-to-date support services available to them.
The neuroscience insight that this book contains is worth the purchase price. The degree of compassionate and socially responsible ruminating that it also contains makes it invaluable. SHOP FOR THE BOOK
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