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Is there a savant inside all of us ?

Posted on Saturday, 6 October, 2012 | Comment icon 10 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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In a few very rare cases individuals have demonstrated sudden and inexplicable super-human talents.

Some people find that they are born with an innate talent in areas such as art, music and mathematics that puts them above and beyond everyone else. In a few very rare cases however such a talent has been found to unlock in an individual who had at some point suffered a severe head trauma. In one well known case, surgeon Tony Cicoria had expressed little interest in classical music until he was struck by lightning one day while talking to his wife in a phone booth. Soon afterwards he developed an obsession with playing the piano and a few years later became a master pianist and composer.

Another case involved 44-year-old Orlando Serrell who developed incredible mathematical and memory capabilities after being hit on the head by a baseball as a child. Known as "sudden savant syndrome" it is believed there are only 30 known cases in the world today.

""What appears to happen," says Darold Treffert, a consultant psychiatrist from Wisconsin who has studied such cases for 40 years, "is that after severe trauma the brain rewires itself."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Mnemonix on 4 October, 2012, 14:03
This should be interesting. I really enjoy these kinds of topics, very fascinating If only there was some way to access these abilities.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Timonthy on 6 October, 2012, 12:10
There's bull in all of us.
Comment icon #3 Posted by King Fluffs on 6 October, 2012, 13:58
It's tempting to see if a knock to the head would improve my art skills... One can only hope. :-P
Comment icon #4 Posted by Mbyte on 6 October, 2012, 15:26
There was a guy on australias got talent who was from the out back and as a kid he just kept hitting piano keys and gradually learnt to play the piano. He can dish out amazing music completely spontaniously. I think through a desire to play piano, a bit of meditation to quite the ego (less selfconscious) and focus on the creative task we can unlock these abilities to some extent. I also think that the article undermines the power of the brain. These abilities aren't caused by memories stored in our genes but by the unresticted instantanious expression of the mind.
Comment icon #5 Posted by pallidin on 6 October, 2012, 16:36
I, uhhh... could use a few more talents. But being struck by lighting seems dangerous. Maybe some doctor-supervised shock therapy.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Professor T on 6 October, 2012, 19:36
I think you've nailed it. Ditch ego-self-consiousness and all will follow. May the force be with you.
Comment icon #7 Posted by meankitty on 7 October, 2012, 2:27
I hit the top of my head real hard getting out of the car a couple days ago, but alas, no new artistic talents or anything like that.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Ryn on 7 October, 2012, 21:24
So these people are super human or can perform super human fete?
Comment icon #9 Posted by Mikami on 9 October, 2012, 15:20
Lets see now...the only "amazing" thing I can do well is play video games....does that count?
Comment icon #10 Posted by NikkiAidyn on 9 October, 2012, 18:49
I believe that there is alot in each of us. Everyone has potential but not many will try to unlock their full abilities. It's too much work when most just go about life without even knowing what is possible. I'm going to spend my entire life building upon what I already am.

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