Friday, June 17, 2005

377 X 795

Arthur C. Clarke said, "Any sufficiently developed technology is indistinguishable from magic."

I suppose this also applies to sufficiently developed minds. What would this guy "be" if we didn't have the label "autistic"?

Daniel Tammet is an autistic savant. He can perform mind-boggling mathematical calculations at breakneck speeds....
Tammet is calculating 377 multiplied by 795. Actually, he isn't "calculating": there is nothing conscious about what he is doing. He arrives at the answer instantly. Since [an epileptic fit when he was three years old], he has been able to see numbers as shapes, colours and textures. The number two, for instance, is a motion, and five is a clap of thunder. "When I multiply numbers together, I see two shapes. The image starts to change and evolve, and a third shape emerges. That's the answer. It's mental imagery. It's like maths without having to think."

A Genius Explains

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