In this provocative Forum, Cowen and guest panelists will discuss the overall viewpoints presented by the book, and will focus on the insightful analysis it offers on the unique thought processes of autism–how the autistic penchant for grasping information through classification, categorization, and specialization illuminates the way in which mainstream society now reaches for and dissects information. As the book’s title suggests, this can shed a powerful light on where society and our economy are headed. We can now re-examine how politics, government, democratic decisionmaking, social networking, and more are perceived. We can reevaluate how these institutions are working (and will work in the future) and what elements will contribute to their success.
(Professor Jeffrey Schaler of American University, previously listed as speaking at this event, will be unable to attend owing to a personal matter.)