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The Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child Paperback – January 14, 2005
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"For those who believe that ADHD can be treated without medication, this book could be akin to another New Testament . . ." (Manuel Mota-Castillo, M.D., Psychiatric Services, April 2005)
“Thom Hartmann surveys new genetic evidence that kids with ADHD have gifts and unique abilities.” (The Midwest Book Review, August 2005)
"Thom Hartmann demonstrates that ADHD can be associated with creativity, high achievement, and a most successful adaptive style." (Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of Driven to Distraction)
"Thom Hartmann helps take us to the edge of knowing ourselves, our brains, and our world." (John J. Ratey, M.D., author of A User's Guide to the Brain)
"Once again, with tireless scholarship and a bit of poetry, Thom Hartmann helps take us to the edge of knowing ourselves, our brains, and our world." (John J. Ratey, M.D., author of A User's Guide to the Brain)
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Hartmann is also an internationally known speaker on culture and communications, an author, and an innovator in the fields of psychiatry, ecology, and economics.
The co-founder (with his wife, Louise) and former Executive Director of The New England Salem Children's Village (1978) and The Hunter School (1997), he has led national innovations in the areas of residential treatment for abused children and private/public education for learning-disabled children.
He has helped set up hospitals, famine relief programs, schools, and refugee centers in India, Uganda, Australia, Colombia, Russia, and the United States through the German-based Salem International program. Formerly rostered with the State of Vermont as a psychotherapist, founder of The Michigan Healing Arts Center, and licensed as an NLP Trainer by Richard Bandler (who wrote the foreword to one of Thom's books), he was the originator of the revolutionary "Hunter/Farmer Hypothesis" to understand the psychiatric condition known as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).
A guest faculty member at Goddard College in Vermont, he also synthesized the "Younger/Older Culture model" for describing the underpinnings - and possible solutions - to the world's ecological and socio-political crises, suggesting that many of our problems are grounded in cultural "stories" which go back thousands of years.
Leonardo DiCaprio was inspired by Thom's book "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight" to make the movie "The 11th Hour" (in which Thom appears), and Warner Brothers is making a movie starring DiCaprio and Robert De Niro from the book Thom co-authored with Lamar Waldron, "Legacy of Secrecy."
Talkers Magazine named Thom Hartmann as the 8th most important talk show host in America in 2011, 2012, and 2013 (10th the two previous years), and for three of the past five years the #1 most important progressive host, in their "Heavy Hundred" ranking. His radio show is syndicated on for-profit radio stations nationwide by Dial-Global, on non-profit and community stations nationwide by Pacifica, across the entire North American continent on SiriusXM Satellite radio, on cable systems nationwide by Cable Radio Network (CRN), on its own YouTube channel, via Livestream on its own Livestream channel, via subscription podcasts, worldwide through the US Armed Forces Network, and through the Thom Hartmann App in the App Store. The radio show is also simulcast as TV in realtime into nearly 60 million US and Canadian homes by the Free Speech TV Network on Dish Network, DirectTV, and cable TV systems nationwide.
His evening TV program, The Big Picture, is wholly owned by his own production company, produced in the RT studios, and licensed to and carried by Free Speech TV in the US, and into over 600 million homes in 104 countries via broadcast and cable by the RT TV network, and distributed worldwide on the web on Hulu.
As an entrepreneur, he's founded several successful businesses which still are operating, and lived and worked with his wife, Louise, and their three (now adult) children on several continents.
He was born and grew up in Michigan, and retains strong ties to the Midwest, although he and Louise have lived in New Hampshire, Vermont, Georgia, Germany, and Oregon...and now live on a boat in Washington D.C. with their attack-cat, Higgins.
Top Customer Reviews
Thom Hartmann's books are extraordinarily inspiring and uplifting. If you haven't read Prophet's Way, Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, Unequal Protection, and World's Greatest Secret, all books not related to ADD, then you're missing something. Also check out his talk show at thomhartmanndotcom.
This book starts with Hartmann's previously proposed idea that ADHD traits are consistent with a human genetic factor that was adaptive for "hunters" in the course of human evolution. He points out how many non-conformists in history became great inventors, leaders, and innovators, precisely because they were not forced to conform to prevailing dogmas and customs.
Rightly, Hartmann sees the current desire to force conformity as a dangerous threat to individuality and progress.
Hartmann recognizes that those labeled ADHD are often more sensitive and reactive than the norm, and need supportive conditions to help them flourish. The "negative" side of ADHD traits is most likely to appear when children are abused or over-stressed rather than nurtured. I would have liked to have seen this book go into more depth and provide more of the existing documentation about the various holistic approaches to helping those labeled ADHD thrive rather than be drugged and treated as disordered. The flaws and dangers of orthodox ways of responding to ADHD traits/behaviors could have also been explored further, although there are other books that cover that ground well and which lack the broad scope and perspective provided by Hartmann.
Overall, this book provides a lot of great insights.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
interesting reading about ADHD and its position in our society .Published 23 days ago by Gene M.Byron
Thom Hartmann does a very good job in explaining what ADHD is.( Everyone in society has some type of psychological problem(s), and I believe that there are no exceptions, its just... Read morePublished 8 months ago by windel
Wonderful book but it has alot of evolutionary ideas that i don't agree withPublished 11 months ago by Heather Jones
A deep review on ADD, it has a deep scientific insight and still covers slightly behavioral issues.Published 12 months ago by Gonzalo Díez
This book changed my way of looking at ADHD and started me on a path to looking more critically at the way we think about mental illness in this country as a whole. Read morePublished 13 months ago by elponcho86
Best Book on ADHD in the past decade. A must read for all parents, school teachers, administrators, and those interested in the brain development in general.Published 19 months ago by Sirhikesalot
Very interested in this subject as it applies to possibly me and others close to me. Haven't read much yet but, am interested in the subject. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Beth A. Thornton