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TRANSFORMACJE ZMYSŁÓW – W OPARCIU O PAMIĘTNIK DANIELA TAMMETA, CHŁOPCA Z ZESPOŁEM ASPERGERA

Aleksandra RZEPKOWSKA1

Antropologia – psychologia – hybrydyzacja człowieka

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Transformacje Nr 1-4 (72-75) 2012 Data publikacji: 25 października 2021r.

Artykuł Nr 20211025210704565

Streszczenie Daniel Tammet was born in a working-class suburb of London, in England, on 31 January 1979. He is the eldest of nine children, has three brothers and five sisters. His mother had worked as a secretarial assistant; his father was employed at a sheet metal factory. Despite early childhood epileptic seizures and atypical behaviour, Tammet received a standard education at local schools. He matriculated in 1995 and completed his advanced level studies (in French, German, and History) two years later. In 1998 Tammet took up a volunteer English teaching post in Lithuania. He returned to London the following year. In 2004 Tammet was finally able to put a name to his difference when he was diagnosed with high-functioning autistic savant syndrome by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen at Cambridge University"s Autism Research Centre. The same year, on March 14, Tammet came to public attention when he recited the mathematical constant Pi (3.141...) from memory to 22,514 decimal places in 5 hours, 9 minutes, without error. The recitation, at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, set a new European record. In 2005 Daniel Tammet wrote his first book, entitled Born on a blue day. A memoir of Asperger's and an extraordinary mind. It was first published in the UK in 2006 and became a Sunday Times bestseller. The US edition, published in 2007, spent eight weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. The book has been a great success and been translated into more than twenty languages. The present article is an attempt at an anthropological analysis of the book. It is focused on sensorial experiences of Daniel Tammet which are unusual and unique because of his disorder.

  1. Katedra Etnologii i Antropologii Kulturowej, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu

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