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Meet Daniel Tammet, a British writer and educator who possesses an extremely rare form of high-functioning autism. Daniel suffered a life-threatening seizure at a young age that resulted in a mixture of his brain functions – parts of the brain that normally function separately, for him became intertwined and codependent. So what is the observable result of this? One of Daniel’s most publicized feats is memorizing Pi to over 22,000 decimal places in just a couple of weeks. It took him 5 hours to recite the full length of the digits he stored in his memory and he never made even one mistake.

I’m currently reading his latest book ‘Embracing the Wide Sky’ which has successfully helped me locate some of my own deep seated presuppositions about learning and the natural world in general. Daniel sincerely believes his mental gifts are not reserved only for savants and even prefers that he not be “removed from humanity” by being viewed in such a way. He devotes a great deal of time to expressing his admiration of a child’s brain, believing that the key to unlocking our own brain’s potential is through a long process of unlearning and deprogramming.

Please watch Daniel’s five minute introduction to his book:

I will post updates after I finish reading this great work.



3 Responses to “Daniel Tammet – Autistic Savant, Rosetta Stone to Modern Neuroscience”

  1. Kenneth Brooks Says:

    I know him. Awesome guy. He has a blog (if you were not aware). He doesn’t update often but when he does it’s always exciting.

    It was through his blog that I learned that he’s gay and a Christian. You can imagine the backlash he gets for that from less enlightened individuals.

  2. Ramesh Gupta Says:

    Kenneth, thanks for your comment. I had seen his blog before, but had forgotten to visit it as of late. Your reminder is appreciated =)

  3. jpwest Says:

    The book is scholarly, priceless. Waiting for the next one…

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