The Acquired Savant

 
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08 August 2018 17:39
 

Meet the Accidental Genius

I read about Jason Padgett a couple of years ago and saw examples of his drawings.  This is his story.

 
 
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bbearren - 08 August 2018 05:39 PM

Meet the Accidental Genius

I read about Jason Padgett a couple of years ago and saw examples of his drawings.  This is his story.

Very interesting. 

It makes one wish we could tap into inaccessible abilities in our brains – who knows what hidden talents lie there.  On the other hand, there appears to be problems (e.g. obsessive-compulsive disorder, OCD) associated with savant-type abilities.  Perhaps evolution favoured a more level-playing field, generally.

Although not about ‘accidental’ genius, I remember a 60 Minutes episode featuring people (including the actress Marilu Henner) with another savant-type ability – Superior Autobiographical Memory.  It was noted that “All of them have what we think of, what we describe as OCD-like behaviors”.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-gift-of-endless-memory/

 

 
 
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09 August 2018 13:21
 

Thanks for that link.  Very interesting.