savant syndrom – islands of genius

Posted on: June 4, 2007

on wisconsin medical society i’ve found articles about most known people with savant syndrom

potential of a human brain always fascinated me,

so im posting some links here.

Alonzo Clemons – sculptor

Stephen Wiltshire

Prodigious Drawing Ability and Visual Memory

his website with online gallery and movies : www 

 Los Angeles theme drawing, captured in November 1991 during his USA tour and drawn from memory in early 2007


Daniel Tammet

 A genius explains – on guardian

“Daniel Tammet first came to worldwide attention in March 2004 on international Pi Day (3/14, of course) when he recited, from memory, Pi to 22,514 decimal places. It took over five hours and set a new European record.”

“In addition to number and massive memory skills, Daniel has exceptional language skills as well. He speaks French, German, Spanish, Lithuanian, Esperanto and Icelandic. He learned the difficult Icelandic language in seven days which was carefully documented in the one hour film about Daniel titled Brainman.”


 Kim Peek – The Real Rain Man

Another 4 parts of the document  “Kim Peek – The Real Rain Man” can be found on youtube.

 Fran Peek describes his son this way: “Kim is not behaviorally autistic. He has a warm, loving personality. He truly cares for people and enjoys sharing his unique skills and knowledge capacity. Known as Kimputer’ to many, his knowledge-library includes World and American History, People and Leaders, Geography (roads and highways in U.S. and Canada), Professional Sports (baseball, basketball, football, Kentucky Derby winners etc), the Space Program, Movies and movie themes, Actors and Actresses, the Bible, Mormon Church Doctrine and History, Calendar Calculations (including a person’s day of birth, present year’s birthday, and the year and the date the person will turn 65 years old so he or she can retire), Literature/Authors, Shakespeare, Telephone Area Codes, major Zip Codes, all TV stations and their markets. He can identify most classical music compositions and tell the date the music was written and the composer’s birth date and place of birth and death Kim has read (and can recall) some 7600 books. He also keeps current on world, U.S. and most local events by reading newspapers, magazines and by listening to the media. He reads constantly He can also describe the highways that go to a person’s small town, the county, area code and zip code, television stations available in the town, who the person’s pay their telephone bill to, and describe any historical events that may have occurred in their area. His expertise includes at least 14 subject areas.”



7 Responses to "savant syndrom – islands of genius"

I didn’t realise up till now that Rain Man is living person. I thought it was just an imagination of the screenplay writer. He’s truly amazing, yet the praise should be also put on his father, constanlty caring for him and helping.

Human mind is a mistery and I could compare it only to the other great mistery- universe. Having no ability to understand it, we can only watch them in amazement, searching for the answers for ourselves, the answera, which will let us know oneselves better.

I think that Kim’s father is protoplast of brother that Cruise have played.
I’ve read that in 90′ there was experimant with magnetic field impact on brain and it turned out that tested people had savant abilities for several hours.
but results were never published in scientific literature and i found that info on wikipedia so, you know /and Ben knows very well :D/

Hey! Are you already in England? Drop few words and write about the place you stay in.

ok since You know everything now so i wont be writing it again.
but just wanted to paste this :
Access to has been blocked

The content of the site has be catergorised as containing offensive material

Contact the InTech Helpdesk on 7000 or email InTech Helpdesk if you need access to this site for business purposes.

here in library i have this problem with quite a lot of sites but your was working properly until now.
and those other sites are blocked for obvious reason : etc ;]

Crazy like Hell! Why? I can’t imagine!

Very good post, Marcin!
I love the drawings.
Like Nika, I didn’t know Rain Man was a living person!

What’s up with you?
Hope to see your new art soon!

hey Ben!
it’s quite funny that i made first painting after break, same day You have asked about my art :D
Almost made as commission ;]
i’ll upload it later, now i’m going to meet my friends i havn’t seen since 2 months :O

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