An Outsider's Guide to Humans: What Science Taught Me About What We Do and Who We Are

December 2, 2020
An Outsider's Guide to Humans: What Science Taught Me About What We Do and Who We Are

WINNER OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY SCIENCE BOOK PRIZEAn instruction manual for life, love, and relationships by abrilliant young scientist whose Asperger's syndrome allows her--andus--to see ourselves in a different way...and to be better at beinghumanDiagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of eight,Camilla Pang struggled to understand the world around her.Desperate for a solution, she asked her mother if there was aninstruction manual for humans that she could consult. With noblueprint to life, Pang began to create her own, using the languageshe understands best: science.That lifelong project eventually resulted in An Outsider's Guideto Humans, an original and incisive exploration of human nature andthe strangeness of social norms, written from the outside lookingin--which is helpful to even the most neurotypical thinker. CamillaPang uses a set of scientific principles to examine life's everydayinteractions:How machine learning can help us sift through data and makemore rational decisionsHow proteins form strong bonds, and what they teach us aboutembracing individual differences to form diverse groupsWhy understanding thermodynamics is the key to seeking balanceover seeking perfectionHow prisms refracting light can keep us from gettingoverwhelmed by our fears and anxieties, breaking them intomanageable and separate "wavelengths"Pang's unique perspective of the world tells us so much aboutourselves--who we are and why we do the things we do--and is afascinating guide to living a happier and more connected life.