Savants in the News

Kim Peek, the autistic savant who inspired the movie Rain Man

Last month I wrote a post on my experiences with Max Weisberg, a mentally disabled savant who put his numerical talents to work as a sports bookmaker. I’ve long been interested in people like Max with an extraordinary mental gift amid deficits or disabilities. Commonly called savants (sometimes with the obsolete and inaccurate prefix idiot), those people often…

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