Autistic savants are people with autism whose intelligence and cognitive abilities go beyond the average person, according to The Autism Research Institute. Autistic savants that share their incredible abilities have extraordinary skills, especially in mathematics, physical sciences, music, art, languages and memory. Some can draw and paint like professionals from a very young age, while others can do complex calculations in their heads. Some can learn languages within a week and speak like natives, and others have incredible memorization skills, the Autism Research Institute adds. There are many historic famous autistic savants with incredible abilities who have changed the world with their minds such as Mozart, Thomas Jefferson, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton and others, as listed in OmgToplists.
There are plenty of autistic savants that share their incredible abilities, but studies are still trying to figure out what makes them incredible, as Neatorama comments. They may have cognitive impairments, trouble socializing and communicating, but they are here to tell unique stories.
When Kim Peek, a reading genius was diagnosed with autism as a child due to being born with severe brain damage, his father was told to leave him in an institution and forget about him, Neatorama says. But instead, his father decided to stay with him. Kim Peek has a struggle with walking and motor skills, but he could read a page of a book and remember all details. Peek uses his left eye to read the left page, and his right eye for the right page, in a manner of 3 seconds. He’s read for than 12,000 books and remembers all details about what he read in 15 subject areas. He inspired the film “Rain Man” with Dustin Hoffman.
Stephen Wiltshire, also listed by Neatorama, was sent to a school for children with special needs, where he discovered his passion for drawing by memory. His drawings are detailed and remarkable – of animals, cities, landscapes. Wiltshire was mute, but he learned to communicate with his drawings. He’s known as “the human camera.”
Daniel Tammet was a guest on the show “60 Minutes” and is a real computer brain man. He knows 22,514 decimals of Pi, and believes that numbers are special. Tammet can see the numbers through colors, shapes, textures, and even feel them. He speaks 11 languages, and he learned Icelandic in a week when he was challenged by Channel Five documentary in 2007 for an interview with Icelandic television. Tammet has epilepsy and his autistic behavior is tending to stare at people for a long time.
Another case of a man with autism is emerging in Serbia and across Southeast Europe, and his born name is Nikola Tesla. As stated on CinemaJam, his abilities are to communicate visually through the “higher dimensions,” to see and hear from extremely large distances, and to heal people with his own energy. And that’s not it. He says that he can remember all of his 700 inventions by numbers and pictures, and he’s able to “live in a higher dimension.” While he appears eccentric, he wouldn’t perform daily tasks if the objects have a number that is not divisible with 3. As mentioned in the interview for CinemaJam, there will be a documentary coming soon due to the belief that he may be the real reincarnation of the scientist Nikola Tesla.
Dr. Allan Snyder did an incredible research in 2003 in the University of Sydney, Australia, with a machine that was “enhancing the brain by implementing savant abilities,” known as Medtronic Mag Pro. He ran the electrodes through the New York Times journalist Lawrence Osborne, and asked him to draw cats on a piece of paper. For a moment, Osborne could not speak, but did not have a problem visualizing cats to an incredible detail. After a couple of tries the cats’ faces looked convincing. Snyder argues in his study that all people could be savants if they want to, but due to damages in the brain, autistic savants share their incredible abilities in order to make up for those damages.
By Marija Makeska