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Lunch with the Scientists

Please join The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors for a special Open Mind lunchtime program with Simon Baron-Cohen, author of the new critically acclaimed book, Pattern Seekers - How Autism Drives Human Invention.  Daniel Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment at UCLA will join Simon Baron-Cohen in discussion. 

In his latest book, Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Cambridge University and Director of the Cambridge Autism Research Center, makes a groundbreaking argument about the link between autism and ingenuity. Why can humans alone invent? He makes a case that autism is as crucial to our creative and cultural history as the mastery of fire. Indeed, he argues that autistic people have played a key role in human progress for seventy thousand years, from the first tools to the digital revolution. 

How? Because the same genes that cause autism enable the pattern seeking that is essential to our species' inventiveness. However, these abilities exact a great cost on autistic people, including social and often medical challenges, so Baron-Cohen calls on us to support and celebrate autistic people in both their disabilities and their triumphs. Ultimately, The Pattern Seekers isn't just a new theory of human civilization, but a call to consider anew how society treats those who think differently.

Simon Baron-Cohen, FBA FBPsS FMedSci, is the author of six hundred scientific articles and four books, including The Science of Evil, The Essential Difference, and his latest, The Pattern Seekers. He has served as Vice-President and President of the International Society for Autism Research, and in 2021 received a knighthood in the New Year's Honours List. His numerous TED Talks are among the site's most highly viewed. 

Daniel Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D. is the Gordon and Virgina MacDonald Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics, Neurology, and Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He directs the Geschwind Lab at UCLA which integrates population genetics, function genomics, and bioinformatics with basic and clinical neuroscience to advance our understanding of neurologic and psychiatric disease and to accelerate treatment development. He is also the Director of the newly formed UCLA Institute for Precision Health, pioneering the integration of genetics and genomics with clinical medicine to advance the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

Wednesday, April 7
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT 

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.


To watch videos of our past Open Mind programs, please visit www.friendsofnpi.org/open-mind-videos, or our YouTube Channel.

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