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Savant syndrome.

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  1. Lazer LXXVII

    Lazer LXXVII IncGamers Member

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    Savant syndrome.

    I watched a video on Savant syndrome today in psychology, and that is truly one of the most incredible things i have ever seen. I have always known what it was, but seeing it on video just made it seem so unbelievable.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savant_syndrome

    They just spoke to a few people with Savant syndrome, and it was incredible. They played a piano piece of a small name Greek piano composer for a blind autistic man, and after hearing it once he could replay it perfectly. There was another man with autism, he could look at an animal and build an exact and detailed replica of the animal from any molding material within just a few minutes. There was another autistic man, he could tell you the day of the week for any exact date for 40,000 years, and any day that he lived through, he can recall what the weather was like. Finally, another man, also autistic, read a phone book, and when asked a person's name, he could recite their phone number back to the person.

    Its just incredible, a person with a severely damaged brain hold such genius characteristics.

    Just wanted a discussion on this.
     
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    Re: Savant syndrome.

    I watched a video of that one Savant in the UK a couple weeks ago who could compute huge numbers almost instantaneously in his head. He recited pi to the whatever tens of thousandth digit and could learn a whole language in a week. It was nuts.

    That pretty much motivated me to rewatch Rain Man too.
     
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    Re: Savant syndrome.

    He is an oddity because he still has social skills, where most savants do not pick up on social cues at all.


    The man that makes animal sculptures cannot do humans well even though his animals are incredibly detailed, for example.


    The Discovery Health channel did a series on savants that was trying to show that savants were responsible for all the major leaps in society. It made a fairly convincing argument.



     
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    Re: Savant syndrome.

    Yup, he found it very difficult to communicate verbally, but the animal sculptures were just amazing, and the time it took him was just incredible.



     
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    Re: Savant syndrome.

    Somewhere out there, there is a guy who can look at a picture, and then re-draw it perfectly. I recall seeing a video of him drawing a 360 degree picture of the Rome skyline (he was surrounded by paper and drew the entire view that one would see from a certain vantage point). He nailed every detail.
     
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    Re: Savant syndrome.

    Yay Mentats!
     
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    Re: Savant syndrome.

    The Discovery Channel (or whatever) documentary on the real "Rain Man" was utterly fascinating.
     
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    Re: Savant syndrome.

    I found a video of the guy who did the phonebook thing, Kim.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Vs6R5YZQ3c&feature=related

    They didnt do the same phonebook experiment, but watch from 3:55 and out, its seriously incredible how brilliant that man is. His autism is apparent by the way he talks to the reporter, with all the contact and everything, he cant really tell the difference. But the man is a genius.
     
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    Re: Savant syndrome.

    Oh, I forgot about Kim Peek reading left page with his left eye, and the right page with his right eye.
     
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    Re: Savant syndrome.

    He caught a peek then?

    Yeah, the skills even great many of the common high functioning autists have can be amazing, let alone the savants. Although I am not greatly fond of letting the metaphysical explain the physical, it sometimes leads me to thinking that perhaps God indeed does give us all talents.



     
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    Re: Savant syndrome.

    Sure... no one appreciates a plain old Idiot any more.
    Let alone us poor fools.
     
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    Re: Savant syndrome.

    I appreciate you, BoB.
     
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    Re: Savant syndrome.

    I recall when a savant got to take a chopper flight over london then he was asked to draw the area bellow from memory and he did it perfectly. Remembering even people and cars on the ground.
     
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    Re: Savant syndrome.

    Maybe that's what I was thinking of in my previous post.



     
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    Re: Savant syndrome.

    I've seen the guy that did Rome, there were several times that people thought he had gotten things wrong when he did it perfectly. He did run out of time to fill the entire city, but he was also doing more detail than expected.



     
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    Re: Savant syndrome.

    All of these people are amazing. My cousin works with autistic kids. She said sometimes the kids will complete a jigsaw puzzle at a simply insane pace. I don't remember exactly how quick she said some of them are, but completing a puzzle that takes most people weeks in a single day is something to see.
     

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