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MoffyUK
post Apr 21, 2010, 01:17 PM
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The most famous Autistic Savant, Kim Peek recently died. He was apparently able to read two pages of a book simultaneously - one with each eye. And generally remembered 90+% of the content of the books he read. At a rate of about 5 a day, including complete telephone directories, this is a prodigous capacity to absorb information. Other savants are able to play even complex pieces of music note perfect after one hearing, and never forget that music.

The point here is not really so much that they have profound capabilities and capacities, but that the rest of us are by contrast extraordinarily lacking. The brain of a savant might be in some way different in structure to a 'normal' brain, but it has the same basic capacity and capabilities. It is, in my view, more that the rest of us have heavily dampened cerebral abilities. And this is the subject of my question. Quite why are we so mentally handicapped in comarison to autistic savants, even though they are generally deemed to be the defective amongst us?

My theory is that the stability that a low functioning - 'normal' brain - brings has evolved for it's ability to socially conform. And certainly savants are often socially handicapped to a large degree. To a lesser degree, intellectual geniuses often struggle to equate with their lesser able fellow man, and this is a high price they pay for their mental 'advantage'.

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post May 04, 2010, 10:40 PM
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Savant brain has more capable than normal brain.But don't have any idea about this because if both the brains have simillar functionalities and capabilites then how it would be possible that his brain was more capable than others?
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The most famous Autistic Savant, Kim Peek recently died. He was apparently able to read two pages of a book simultaneously - one with each eye. And generally remembered 90+% of the content of the books he read. At a rate of about 5 a day, including complete telephone directories, this is a prodigous capacity to absorb information. Other savants are able to play even complex pieces of music note perfect after one hearing, and never forget that music.

The point here is not really so much that they have profound capabilities and capacities, but that the rest of us are by contrast extraordinarily lacking. The brain of a savant might be in some way different in structure to a 'normal' brain, but it has the same basic capacity and capabilities. It is, in my view, more that the rest of us have heavily dampened cerebral abilities. And this is the subject of my question. Quite why are we so mentally handicapped in comarison to autistic savants, even though they are generally deemed to be the defective amongst us?

My theory is that the stability that a low functioning - 'normal' brain - brings has evolved for it's ability to socially conform. And certainly savants are often socially handicapped to a large degree. To a lesser degree, intellectual geniuses often struggle to equate with their lesser able fellow man, and this is a high price they pay for their mental 'advantage'.

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Your theory seems plausible! and if it were to be true, why is that individuals behave that way?
Would we rather be a apart of the "Group"/"Tribe" then risk being ostracized? the need for Oxytocin/love? Is the status quo a race of addicts?
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