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'The Boy with the Incredible Brain' - savants watch

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    Did anyone watch this programme (was on Channel 5, Thursday night)?

    It had (some autistic) savants - absolute geniuses. There was one guy who could remember pi to about 22,500 decimal places (it takes him about 5 hrs to recite it!), and another guy who can remember everything he reads (Kim Peek - the real-life inspiration for the film 'Rain Man').

    It also had a bit on how you can train your brain to become clever by sheer practice; it showed Japanese children being tutored maths using an abacus, at the age of 5 (what was I learning at that age - finger painting?)
    Then it showed some young Japanese teenagers competing against each other to do an exam of huge sums, such as 5743 X 1213, using only an abacus (with no workings!), AND THEN it showed them using an 'imaginary abacus' - they were so well trained that they could literally 'imagine' the abacus in air.. amazing stuff.
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    (Original post by endeavour)
    Did anyone watch this programme (was on Channel 5, Thursday night)?

    It had (sometimes autistic) savants - absolute geniuses. There was one guy who could remember pi to about 22,500 decimal places (it takes him about 5 hrs to recite it!), and another guy who can remember everything he reads (Kim Peek - the real-life inspiration for the film 'Rain Man').

    It also had a bit on how you can train your brain to become clever by sheer practice; it showed Japanese children being tutored maths using an abacus, at the age of 5 (what was I learning at that age - finger painting?)
    Then it showed some young Japanese teenagers competing against each other to do an exam of huge sums, such as 5743 X 1213, using only an abacus (with no workings!), AND THEN it showed them using an 'imaginary abacus' - they were so well trained that they could literally 'imagine' the abacus in air.. amazing stuff.
    Yeha it was on ages ago on another channel, they were all autistic werent they? The main guy learnt how to speak fluent icelandic in a week :eek:
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    (Original post by Markus)
    Yeha it was on ages ago on another channel, they were all autistic werent they? The main guy learnt how to speak fluent icelandic in a week :eek:
    Yeah I watched the repeat this week.

    Yep that guy's called Daniel Tammet and currently speaks French, German, Spanish, Lithuanian, Icelandic and Esperanto, and is creating his own language!
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/weekend/st...409903,00.html
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    (Original post by endeavour)
    Yeah I watched the repeat this week.

    Yep that guy's called Daniel Tammet and currently speaks French, German, Spanish, Lithuanian, Icelandic and Esperanto, and is creating his own language!
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/weekend/st...409903,00.html
    He must be a very bored individual if hes making his own language lol. Anyone can do that.
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    wow.
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    He must be a very bored individual if hes making his own language lol. Anyone can do that.
    Not as easy as it might appear.
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    I saw the repeat too. Particularly amusing was when he was in New York, going "all these buildings are 9s".

    Markus is right. I'm going to make up my own language. Alg eor *jumps* n#k erkafule.

    Hmm...a question, just who would he talk to in this language of his?...
 
 
 
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