Accidental Genius

Submitted by: starsclips 9 years ago in Science
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It looks like we have another Rainman amongst us.
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Male 2,422
You should read Frames of Mind by psychologist Howard Gardner who proposed the theory of multiple intelligences. In his book he discusses autistic individuals that have amazing mathematical or musical abilities who can hardly function in normal situations.
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Male 1,036
Cool
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Male 129
This is NO ACCIDENT. The guy spent 20 years obsessed with calenders - of course he`ll be superb at assigning a weekday to any date. Over time he probably created mental short cuts that allow him to calculate the date quickly even without knowing it.
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Male 371
I find this fascinating...but i find Kim Peek (off whom Rainman was based) and Daniel Paul Tammet to be even more incredible.
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Female 83
How has nobody commented on the geeky old guy in the baseball cap- couldn`t help but laugh at him, and it was on sideways lololololololol
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Female 1,984
I`ve seen this episode - the first three in fact. I was fascinated with the whole thing.

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Male 8
My old man had a frieNd named tony who could do this also and he was autistic. Human potential is amazing and most people dont realize it. Sad really.
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Male 396
cool
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Male 891
@ HankMagoo, Shortone0726, iBeth:
you people are fools. no one said that it was useful. just the fact that he can do it is amazing.
congratulations. you can look up what day it is on a calender. he can figure it out in his head without the aid of external objects.

@ Wey_Pooh:
what constitues "too long"? the longest he took was like 5 seconds when the guy said he was born on april 8, 5872. how fast can you do it?

@Freelop:
that is not entirely true. it is just as impossible to say that humans use 100% of their brains. the brain has an unlimited potential for learning. tell me, what is 10% of infinity?

(end rant)

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Female 377
Not very useful.. but still impressive.
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Female 13
lol cowboyfrank: "i really wanted the NEOCUBE"

me too:)

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Male 442
if things evolve through necessity then why do humans only use a small part of their brains?
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Male 117
i can divide by zero...
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Male 382
Without our tendency to constantly abstract what is into language, we`d all be able to do this. This is the raw, unfiltered brain at work.
Without opinion or interpretation.
Amazing.
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Male 1,003
With that face and body, he better damn have an IQ of 200!!
Anyway, it seems to me that he found a way to calculate really fast (in his mind) the dates and days of every year.
He takes WAY too long as if he was thinking too much, but maybe that`s just because he wasn`t always a Genius.
Like all other `Savants`, his talents are pretty USELESS. When he can find a cure for cancer (not AIDs, no one cares about AIDS), I`ll consider him a REAL asset to our society.
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Male 3
my math teacher in highschool could do this exact same thing and suffered from autism.... autism has to be the weirdest thing about the brain..
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Female 69
Shortone0726 i agree

Like we need to no what day of the week our birthday will be on in 69 years time ?!

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Female 1,244
wow I think that was so boring...and it`s really not a useful talent..I don`t care what day of the week a certain date is
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Male 69
not rainman! more like adam from corner of the universe
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Male 4,393
cool
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Male 923
How the hell do people not believe in this? It`s the result of autism. Not all autistic people are like this but there are ones who are.
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Female 449
he`s not as good as this guy who got hit in the head by a baseball bat and could suddenly know days of the week and what the weather was like on that day too.
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Male 102
I want to be a Genius lol
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Male 1,024
@HankMagoo: LOL. good one.

gotta watch Wapner.

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Male 82
i really wanted the NEOCUBE
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Male 592
uh, really useful talent...i guess.
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Male 260
Imagine if this guys ability was real. Substitue numbers for ATCG and apply pattern do the DNA sequence...something useful. They should test whether this guy has a formula or not by applying the different rules to different pattenrs of number...instead of 7 use 9.
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Male 1
http://www.terra.es/personal2/grimmer/ rather simple
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Male 100
I don`t buy it. I think he learned a formula to get attention. Even if he can do that, hey how about this: I have a calendar. Weak. Still better than the one with Tom Cruise, who can`t read.
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Male 100
Well at least Tom Cruise isn`t in this one, making it automatically superior to the original.
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Female 2,220
I wanna see it!
And lol@ Phoenix.
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Male 58
Accidental failure?
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Female 512
^^neither for me
i kept refreshing
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Male 970
it doesn`t load for me!
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Male 11
Link: Accidental Genius [Rate Link] - It looks like we have another Rainman amongst us.
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