Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Brain Man

I am fascinated by autistic savants. Their abilities--such as making mathematical calculations as fast as a computer, or playing a complex musical composition perfectly after hearing it only once--are truly amazing. Last Sunday 60 Minutes featured a segment on Daniel Tammet, a very high-functioning savant. Unfortunately, I missed most of the segment, but found an article on the segment on CBS' website. Check it out; Daniel Tammet is astounding.

1 comment:

Charles Gramlich said...

I've never completely bought the idea that damage to one or more areas of the brain sort of free up undamaged areas to process information at a higher level. I suspect there's more going on than that, but I don't have a good theory myself on the issue. Fascinating, though.