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In this provocative study of behavioral economics, Cowen (Discover Your Inner Economist) reveals that autistic tendencies toward classification, categorization and specialization can be used as a vehicle for understanding how people use information. Cowen spends a great deal of time dispelling autism's societal stigma, arguing that mainstream society is reaping benefits from mimicking autistic cognitive strengths. As stimulating as is the premise, the book often feels like its own long exercise in categorization, with each chapter an analysis of the human mania for classification (e.g., the obsession with ranking achievements and endeavors). According to Cowen, human brains are constantly absorbing bits of information that get smaller and are delivered faster as technology advances. The more information people receive, the more they crave—this shorter attention span is far from a flaw to the author, but a liberating mechanism that allows humans time to contemplate more ambitious, long-range pursuits. The relentless analysis is occasionally overwhelming, but Cowen's illustration of our neurological filing system may help readers understand the mass consumption of information and just about everything else. (July)
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"Only a mind like Tyler Cowen's could weave Facebook, Zen Buddhism, Sherlock Holmes, and so much more into a coherent and compelling argument. Create Your Own Economy will change the way you think about thinking."
-Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind
"Create Your Own Economy will open your mind to thinking differently. The unique thought processes of individuals on the autism spectrum provide a great value to our world. This book will help you to be smart and successful in your own way."
-Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures
"If you're curious about where society and the economy are headed, you'll search in vain for anyone with more interesting insights than Tyler Cowen. He's a genuine visionary and Create Your Own Economy is a tour de force."
-Robert H. Frank, author of The Economic Naturalist and Professor of Economics at Cornell University
"The modern world bombards us with data just begging to be organized, from iPod playlists to digital vacation photos. Tyler Cowen offers an entertaining tour of our information age, pondering implications for how creative we are, how long our attention span is, how our politics work, and the future of our economy."
-Samuel R. Sommers, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Tufts University
horrible title. Cowen doesn't actually call himself autistic, but he clearly knows his stuff and has done his research.Published 4 months ago by 4lunch
According to Tyler Cowen, it's a great time to be alive. And who could disagree with that? Thanks to the digital economy we have more choices when it comes to what to consume and... Read morePublished on August 8, 2013 by Greg Linster
I was so naive when I picked up this book. I actually thought the author was going to offer PRACTICAL insights on how to create your own economy and find prosperity in the midst... Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Love the Library
Tyler Cowen, a George Mason University economics professor, writes for the popular blog, "The Marginal Revolution. Read morePublished on December 5, 2011 by Scott Sundsvold
This book has nothing to do with its title. Halfway through, I found myself wondering, "Why did he write this book? Read morePublished on September 7, 2011 by Michael
This entire book could have been condensed to a Tweet.
Embrace your autistic side and bring order to your life.
What a waste of $3.65. Read more
This book was interesting, but I was pretty disappointed when about halfway through the book I realized the book had trailed off from the topics that had been most interesting to... Read morePublished on August 10, 2010 by Ninakix
As others have noted this book's title is misleading. The paperback version has been re-titled "The Age of the Infovore." Perhaps a more apt title. Read morePublished on July 21, 2010 by Tom Tom
How can you survive in a bad economic time? Will you surrender or change the way you lived? How can we improve our internal worlds to lead a better life? Read morePublished on April 26, 2010 by Yanxi Zhou