The Savant Syndrome
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Savant syndrome is a rare, but extraordinary, condition in which persons with serious mental disabilities, including autistic disorder, have some "island of genius" that stands in marked, incongruous contrast to the overall handicap.
My quest into speed reading was actually inspired by Daniel Tammet
and Kim Peek
. Having an interest in Mathematics, I find Tammet's ability quite remarkable. He doesn't calculate arithmetic problems the way you and I would, he sees and feels the answers. Hence, any type of arithmetic problem just comes to him in his mind without actually doing anything.
For more remarkable human potential, check out all the recorded cases of Savantism at Savant Syndrome: Islands of Genius.