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Accidental Genius

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Accidental Genius. It looks like we have another Rainman amongst us.
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Hits: 15867 | Favorites: 21 | Emailed: 10 | Rating: 3.1 | Category: Science | Date: 04/29/2008
 
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xiquiripat
Male, 18-29, Western US
 2419 Posts
Sunday, June 8, 2008 3:14:10 PM
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.

richoricho
Male, 40-49, Australia
 1043 Posts
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 8:47:25 PM
Cool

PC-Player
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 129 Posts
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 1:44:58 PM
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.

TuffGhost88
Male, 18-29, Western US
 371 Posts
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 12:47:15 AM
I find this fascinating...but i find Kim Peek (off whom Rainman was based) and Daniel Paul Tammet to be even more incredible.

trinity_enig
Female, 18-29, Europe
 85 Posts
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 12:25:07 AM
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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