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The Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child

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New scientific research shows how the ADHD gene has been critical to humanity’s development for 40,000 years

• Shows how artists, inventors, and innovators carry the gene necessary for the future survival of humanity|

• Explains why children with the Edison gene are so often mislabeled in our public schools as having ADHD

• By the creator of the “hunter/farmer hypothesis” of ADHD

Thomas Edison was thrown out of school for behavior that today would label him as having ADHD, but his mother understood how to salvage his self-esteem and prepare him for a lifetime of success. The quick-thinking and impulsive characteristics of what we term ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) are not signs of a disorder at all, but rather are parts of a highly adaptive and useful skill set that served our hunting and gathering ancestors very well. In The Edison Gene Thom Hartmann shows that these characteristics have also been critical to the survival and development of our modern civilization and will be vital and necessary as humanity faces new challenges in the future.

Hartmann, creator of the “hunter/farmer hypothesis” of ADHD, examines the latest discoveries confirming the existence of an ADHD gene and the earth-wide catastrophe 40,000 years ago that may well have triggered its development. Citing examples of significant innovators of our modern era, he argues that the brains of the children who possess the Edison gene are wired to give them brilliant success as innovators, inventors, explorers, and entrepreneurs, but that those same qualities often cause them problems in the context of our public schools. Hartmann offers concrete strategies for helping Edison-gene children to reach their full potential and shows that rather than being “problems,” they are an important and vital gift to our society and world.

Synopsis:

HEALTH / PARENTING?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?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 BrainThomas Edison was expelled from school for behavior that today would label him as having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but his mother understood how to salvage his self-esteem and prepare him for a lifetime of success. In The Edison Gene Thom Hartmann shows that the creativity, impulsiveness, and distractibility that are characteristic of ADHD are not signs of a disorder at all, but instead are components of a highly adaptive skill set utilized by our hunting and gathering ancestors. These characteristics have been critical to the survival and development of our modern civilization and will be vital as humanity faces new challenges in the future.Hartmann, creator of the ?hunter versus farmer? theory of ADHD, examines the latest discoveries confirming the existence of an ADHD gene and the global catastrophe 40,000 years ago that triggered its development. Citing examples of significant innovators in our modern era, he argues that the children who possess the ?Edison gene? have neurology that is wired to give them brilliant success as innovators, inventors, explorers, and entrepreneurs. He offers concrete strategies for helping Edison-gene children reach their full potential and shows that rather than being ?problems, ? such children are a vital gift to our societyand the world.THOM HARTMANN is the award-winning, bestselling author of over a dozen books, including Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception and The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight. A former psychotherapist and founder of the Hunter School, a residential and day school for children with ADHD, he lives in central Vermont.

Synopsis:

Thom Hartmann, creator of the "hunter/farmer hypothesis" of ADHD, argues that children who possess the Edison gene are adapted to give them brilliant success as innovators, inventors, explorers, and entrepreneurs, while these same qualities often cause them problems in the context of our public schools. Hartmann offers concrete strategies for helping Edison-gene children to reach their full potential.

Synopsis:

Hartmann, creator of the "hunter/farmer hypothesis" of ADHD, examines the latest discoveries confirming the existence of an ADHD gene and the earth-wide catastrophe 40,000 years ago that may well have triggered its development.

About the Author

Thom Hartmann is the award-winning, bestselling author of over a dozen books, including Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, and Unequal Protection. A former psychotherapist and founder of the Hunter School, a residential and day school for children with ADHD, he lives in central Vermont.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Lucy Jo Palladino, Ph.D

Acknowledgments

Introduction: A New View for Our Children

Genetics and Differences • 1993: The Hunter Gene • Distractibility • Impulsivity • Risk-Taking • Where Have All the Hunters Gone? • Indigenous Hunters Today • The Agricultural Revolution • Our Society's Hunters • The Edison Gene • The Crisis-Survival Gene • Hunters Before the Holocene • Adapted to Adversity and Change

Part 1: The Past

1.   The World of the Edison-Gene Child

The Ancient World  •  The Salt Pump  •  The Great Ice Age  •  Heated by the Great Conveyor Belt

2.   The Dawn of Civilization 

What Made Us Human?  •  The Bacteria That Took Over the World  •  The Human Bottleneck  •  Before the Bottleneck

3.   Three Ways Humans Were Killed Off by Weather 

Warming by the Sun  •  Vulcan's Hammer  •  Survivors: AIDS Chimps and the Black Plague  •  Creativity Saves the Day  •  ADHD and Creativity  •  The Beads: Clue to the First Edisons

Part 2: The Present

4.   Anatomy of a Diagnosis 

How Edison-Gene Children Are Different  •  Are They Disordered?  •  Anthropology Meets Psychology  •  From Hunters to Inventors

5.   The Mystery of Novelty-Seeking Behavior

The "Novelty Gene"  •  The Novelty Gene and ADHD

6.   Genes Move Around and Turn On and Off 

The Genetics of Behavior  •  Turning on Genes  •  Codominant Genes  •  Turning on Edison Characteristics

7.   Other Genes and Influences 

Neurotransmitters and Personality Characteristics  •  The Reasons for Genetic Variations  •  Culture and Genes

8.   Scientists Find the "Adaptive" Edison Gene 

But Some Say It's a Disease  •  Is It a Disorder?  •  Novelty Seeking

9.   The ADHD Gene and the Dawn of Human Civilization 

The Time Machine  •  The News Hits the Streets  •  The Edison Gene and Democracy

10.  Brain Development and the Edison-Gene Child 

Sense of Self  •  A Process that Mirrors Evolution  •  The Reptilian Brain  •  The Limbic Brain  •  The "New" Brain  •  The Unique Prefrontal Brain  •  The Brain Develops After Birth, Too  •  The First Pruning of the Brain  •  The Impact of Stress  •  The Brain in the Birth Period  •  The Brain in the Toddler Period  •  The Brain in the Early Childhood Period  •  The Brain in the Teenage Period   •  The Brain in the Early Adult Years  •  Adult Memory of the Stages of Brain Development  •  Intuition versus Information  •  The Loss of Intuition  •  The Tragedy of Lost Potential  •  Invasion of the Lizard People?  •  Are We Stuck in a Loop?  •  Triggering Events  •  Raising Fully Human Children  •  Schools May Be the Key  •  School as Torture  •  Condemnation  •  School as Work  •  Comorbidities  •  Applying Comorbidities to Edison-Gene Children  •  Breaking the Loop  •  Offering a New Story

11.  The Edison Gene, Drugs, Exercise, and Nutrition

Nutritional Deficiencies Are Rampant  •  Environmental Toxins  •  Nutriceuticals  •  Yerba Mat麠Nature's Ritalin  •  Drugs for Edison-Gene Children  •  Medications Bite Back  •  Burning Out Brain Cells? •  Do Drugs Help Over the Long Term?  •  The Loss of Play  •  EEG Neurofeedback  •  Exercise: The Optimal "Treatment"?

12.  Providing Discipline and Structure for the Edison-Gene Child 

Nurturing the Hunters  •  Reward/Punishment versus Inclusion/Interdependence  •  Separating Person from Behavior  •  Break the Pattern with a Positive Message  •  Watch for Islands of Success  •  The Importance of Mastery  •  Turn Off the Television

13.  Alfred Adler's Principles for Raising Children 

Promote Mutual Respect  •  Encourage  •  Foster Security  •  Avoid Reward and Punishment  •  Use Natural and Logical Consequences  •  Act Instead of Talk in Conflict Situations  •  Use Withdrawal as a Counteraction  •  Withdraw from the Provocation, Not from the Child  •  Don't Interfere in Children's Fights  •  Fighting Requires Cooperation  •  Take Time to Teach Essential Skills and Habits  •  Never Do for a Child What He Can Do for Himself  •  Don't Overprotect  •  Avoid Being Overly Responsible  •  Distinguish Between Positive and Negative Attention  •  Understand the Child's Goal  •  A Habit Is Maintained If It Achieves Its Purpose  •  Minimize Mistakes  •  Try a Family Council and Have Fun Together  •  The Edison-Gene Family

14.  Educating the Edison-Gene Child 

Learned Helplessness  •  Reframing Identity = Success in Learning  •  Government Studies Pronounce on Medication  •  They Ignored the Environment  •  The Study Proved Ritalin Doesn't Improve Learning  •  But It Makes the Teachers Happy  •  Lighting a Fire for Learning  •  Education and Testing Corporations  •  How Modern Education Came About  •  German Schools Come to America  •  American Education and the Catholic Problem  •  Backlash Against the Authoritarian Model of Public Education  •  Maria Montessori  •  Rudolf Steiner  •  Free and Alternative Schools  •  Homeschooling and Internet Schooling  •  But What About Socialization?  •  Why Homeschooling Works for Edison-Gene Children  •  The Edison Gene through the College Years  •  Find a Mentor or a Coach

15.  Edison-Gene Girls and Women 

Be a Good Girl  •  Cinderella in a Hostile World  •  Cultural Barriers  •  Cultural Programming and Expectations  •  Healing the Wounds 

16.  Spirituality and the Edison-Gene Child 

Edison-Gene Mystics  •  The Hunter's Reality  •  The World of the Hunter's Dreams  •  Dreaming with the Natives  •  Learning to Know  •  Understanding the Real World  •  Wild People and Tame People  •  The Loss of True Wisdom  •  When Access to Personal Spirituality is Lost

Part 3: The Future

17.  How Edison-Gene Children May Change the World 

Glimmers of How Culture Works  •  What Causes Culture?  •  The Biology of Culture  •  Primal Human Cultures  •  Cultural and Genetic Selection

18.  Is Human Evolution Finally Over? 

As Good As It Gets  •  We're Going Downhill  •  It's the Fault of Those People with ADHD!  •  Are We Standing Still?  •  Distant Bottleneck Events

19.  One Generation to Save the World 

Climate Flip-Flops to the Next Ice Age  •  A Global-Warming Bottleneck

Afterword: Yesterday's Child by Janie Bowman

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780892811281
Subtitle:
ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child
Publisher:
Park Street Press
Author:
Hartmann, Thom
Location:
Rochester, Vt.
Subject:
Children with Special Needs
Subject:
Special Education - Learning Disabled
Subject:
Learning disabilities
Subject:
Parenting - Hyperactivity
Subject:
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
Subject:
Attention in children.
Subject:
Divergent thinking.
Subject:
Developmental - Child
Subject:
Special / Learning Disabled
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Subject:
HEALTH;PARENTING
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
no. 808
Publication Date:
20030811
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.9 in 17.85 oz

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » ADD, ADHD, Learning and Emotional Disabilities
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Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » Special Needs
Health and Self-Help » Child Psychology » General
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Child Psychology
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » General

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"Synopsis" by , HEALTH / PARENTING?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?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 BrainThomas Edison was expelled from school for behavior that today would label him as having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but his mother understood how to salvage his self-esteem and prepare him for a lifetime of success. In The Edison Gene Thom Hartmann shows that the creativity, impulsiveness, and distractibility that are characteristic of ADHD are not signs of a disorder at all, but instead are components of a highly adaptive skill set utilized by our hunting and gathering ancestors. These characteristics have been critical to the survival and development of our modern civilization and will be vital as humanity faces new challenges in the future.Hartmann, creator of the ?hunter versus farmer? theory of ADHD, examines the latest discoveries confirming the existence of an ADHD gene and the global catastrophe 40,000 years ago that triggered its development. Citing examples of significant innovators in our modern era, he argues that the children who possess the ?Edison gene? have neurology that is wired to give them brilliant success as innovators, inventors, explorers, and entrepreneurs. He offers concrete strategies for helping Edison-gene children reach their full potential and shows that rather than being ?problems, ? such children are a vital gift to our societyand the world.THOM HARTMANN is the award-winning, bestselling author of over a dozen books, including Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception and The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight. A former psychotherapist and founder of the Hunter School, a residential and day school for children with ADHD, he lives in central Vermont.
"Synopsis" by , Thom Hartmann, creator of the "hunter/farmer hypothesis" of ADHD, argues that children who possess the Edison gene are adapted to give them brilliant success as innovators, inventors, explorers, and entrepreneurs, while these same qualities often cause them problems in the context of our public schools. Hartmann offers concrete strategies for helping Edison-gene children to reach their full potential.
"Synopsis" by , Hartmann, creator of the "hunter/farmer hypothesis" of ADHD, examines the latest discoveries confirming the existence of an ADHD gene and the earth-wide catastrophe 40,000 years ago that may well have triggered its development.
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