Thursday, 8 October 2009

Extraordinary people

"Savant syndrome, sometimes abbreviated as savantism, is not a recognized medical diagnosis, but researcher Darold Treffert describes it as a rare condition in which persons with developmental disorders have one or more areas of expertise, ability or brilliance that are in contrast with the individual's overall limitations."

Brilliant memory (remembering dates, maps, numbers...) is one of the abilities that "savants" usually have. Kim Peek, who inspired "Rain Man" is able to remember EVERYTHING he has ever lived, read or seen. Reading two pages of a common book takes almost 2 minutes to normal people, but Kim Peek is able to do it in just 8 seconds, and after he does, he can remember 98% words he has read (including the position, the line they were....)


"Stephen Wiltshire is an architectural artist who has been diagnosed with autism. Wiltshire was born in London, to West Indian parents.He is known for his ability to draw a landscape after seeing it just once."


  1. Sara,
    My eyes and me thank you!

  2. This guy is amazing!! I can't believe that he could do this just looking at the city once!! :0