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Superhuman Savants

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by aмillionaírе, Oct 25, 2008.

  1. aмillionaírе

    aмillionaírе Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Savants prove the potential of the human brain, here are some famous autistic savants with l33t brain power [talents, skills, or abilites], unfortunately, these newfound and superhuman, rare abilities substitute for a functional social life and cognition, thus them having autism spectrum disorders.


    Stephen Wiltshire: The Human Camera
    Code:
    youtube.com/watch?v=a8YXZTlwTAU
    Another Savant....
    Code:
    youtube.com/watch?v=lkDMaJ-wZmQ
    Kim Peek - The Real Rain Man
    Code:
    youtube.com/watch?v=k2T45r5G3kA&feature=related
    etc....etc.... :)


    "Savant syndrome—sometimes abbreviated as savantism—is not a recognized medical diagnosis, but researcher Darold Treffert defines it as a rare condition in which persons with developmental disorders (including autism spectrum disorders) have one or more areas of expertise, ability or brilliance that are in contrast with the individual's overall limitations.[1] Treffert says the condition can be genetic, but can also be acquired,[1] and coexists with other developmental disabilities "such as mental retardation or brain injury or disease that occurs before (pre-natal) during (peri-natal) or after birth (post-natal), or even later in childhood or adult life."[1]

    Individuals with the syndrome are often simply called savants. This can be a source of confusion since savant can also mean a person of learning, especially one of great knowledge in a particular subject. The terms idiot savant or autistic savant are also used. "Idiot" was used by the medical profession in the late 19th and early 20th century to refer to a person whose IQ was less than 20, although that usage has now given way to "profound mental retardation"; the term idiot savant is no longer regarded as a valid medical term.[1]

    According to Treffert, about half of persons with savant syndrome have autistic disorder, while the other half have another developmental disability, mental retardation, brain injury or disease. He says, "... not all savants are autistic, and not all autistic persons are savants."[1] Other researchers state that autistic traits and savant skills may be linked,[2] or have challenged some earlier conclusions about savant syndrome as "hearsay, uncorroborated by independent scrutiny".[3]"

    - Wikipedia