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Cosmos, Mind & Soul



In the past 15 years scientists have come to learn a great deal about savant syndrome; yet at, its core, prodigious, anomalous memory and unreckoned recall, remain a dark mystery.

Savant Syndrome

Savant syndrome is a rare, but extraordinary, condition in which persons with serious mental disabilities, including autistic disorder, have some "island of genius" that stands in marked, incongruous contrast to the overall handicap. As many as one in 10 persons with autistic disorder have such remarkable abilities in varying degrees, although savant syndrome occurs in other developmental disabilities or in other instances of CNS injury or disease as well. Whatever the particular savant skill, it is always linked to massive memory.
-- Darold A. Treffert, MD

Ideas to Explore

Savant Syndrome

a synopsis: past, present, and future

Two Modes of Thinking

"classical"--slow, linear, limited, conscious-- and "quantum"--ultrafast, parallel, exponential capacity, unconscious