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The Late Movies: Savants

After last week’s post on Flo and Kay, the world’s only female autistic savant identical twins, I’ve been really interested in savants and all the amazing things they can do. So I dug up some videos that demonstrate savants’ abilities, and hopefully you’ll find them as impressive as I do.

This is the amazing story of Leslie Lemke, narrated by his colorful foster mother. Your jaw will drop:

This savant, known as “the human camera,” accurately reproduces an aerial view of Rome five yards wide after just a 45-minute helicopter ride.

This three-year-old Chinese girl solves a Rubik’s Cube in 114 seconds.

Kim Peek is kind of the savant’s savant — he was the inspiration for Rain Man and his photographic memory is astounding. It’s said that before he died in 2009 he had read and memorized more than 50,000 books.

When Kim Peek met British savant Daniel Tammet, he told him, “one day you’ll be as great as me.” I’m not sure what he meant by that, exactly, but Daniel’s skills — especially when it comes to mathematical calculations — are breathtaking.

Kyle has a collection of more than 100 rare and notable vacuum cleaners. In some circles he’s known as “the vacuum savant.” He may be obsessed, or borderline Aspergian, perhaps, but you can decide for yourselves whether or not he’s a savant.

Matt Savage taught himself to play the piano overnight and has perfect pitch.

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February 28th, 2011

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