Link to original post written in September 2006 with comments.
I have seen a tv show recently about savant people. Also heard a bit on the transistor radio.
This is all new to me. I probably should have watched the movie Rain Man.
R knows a savant, a young adult. Tell him your birthday date and within a couple of seconds, he can tell you on what day it will fall in any given year you mention. It is truly amazing.
In spite of everything I have heard and seen, I can't decide whether it is a pattern thing (it can't be really), a photographic means, that is your brain has photographed certain things and then recalls them, or the most likely, extremely swift mental calculation but for that, you would think that there needs to be a formula to follow and clearly for some things savants are good at, there is not a formula.
People can be trained to do extraordinary mental calculations and they are in Japan.
Like a natural musical ability, it is truly amazing to me.
Off to write this weeks shopping list, or you can be sure, I will forget something..........probably about half of it. A savant I am not.