March 21, 2007

Kim Peek

Kim Peek has a form of Autistic Savant Syndrome. He was pronounced mentally disabled at birth and doctors didn't think he would live past fourteen. But now Kim is 52, and a celebrity, traveling the world giving speeches. He was even the influence for the 1988 film Rain Man. Since Kim is a savant, he has an amazing ability coupled with lack of social skills. But Kim's gift is greater than most savants. Instead of being a piano virtuoso, Kim has "unlimited knowledge" combined with a photographic memory. He is literally a walking encyclopedia. I was absolutely blown away by this video.

Thanks Nimit, for the link!

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