The Boy with the incredible Brain
#1
Absolutely fascinating. The Google video description:
Quote:Daniel Tammet first came to worldwide attention in March 2004 on international Pi Day (3/14, of course) when he recited, from memory, Pi to 22,514 decimal places. It took over five hours and set a new European record. The event, which Daniel named "Pi in the Sky", coincided with Einstein's birthday and took place in front of Einstein's blackboard at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, England. Daniel used that event to raise funds for the National Society for Epilepsy because it was after a series of childhood seizures that his extraordinary number and memory abilities began, aligning him with that rare circumstance of the 'acquired savant' in which such exceptional skills surface following some CNS injury or disease. He is proud of the monies raised on behalf of this organization, and certainly gave this worthy cause a good deal of visibility.

In addition to number and massive memory skills, Daniel has exceptional language skills as well. He speaks French, German, Spanish, Lithuanian, Esperanto and Icelandic. He learned the difficult Icelandic language in seven days which was carefully documented in the one hour film about Daniel titled The Boy with the incredible Brain.

 The Boy with the incredible Brain


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#2
Good gracious... how old is the guy? I envy him that kind of memory! I'm completely unmathematical.
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#3
He's 28 years old and gay. That's all I'm going to say. Read this below on him.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Tammet
Daniel Paul Tammet (b.
January 31, 1979; London, England) is a British autistic savant, gifted with a facility for mathematics problems, sequence memory, and natural language learning. He was born with congenital childhood epilepsy.
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Biography

SynesthesiaExperiencing numbers as colors or sensations is a well-documented form of
synesthesia, but the detail and specificity of Tammet's mental imagery of numbers is unique. In his mind, he says, each number up to 10,000 has its own unique shape and feel, that he can "see" results of calculations as landscapes, and that he can "sense" whether a number is prime or composite. He has described his visual image of 289 as particularly ugly, 333 as particularly attractive, and pi as beautiful.[1] Tammet can not only verbally describe these visions, yet creates artwork, particularly watercolor paintings, such as his most famous painting to date, "Pi".
Tammet was the subject of a documentary in the UK entitled The Boy With The Incredible Brain, which was first broadcast on the British television
Channel 5 on May 24, 2005.[2] The documentary showed highlights of his pi recitation feat, and his meeting with Kim Peek, another individual famous for having savant skills. In one emotional moment of the show, Peek hugged Tammet and told him, "Some day you will be as great as I am."

PiTammet holds the
European record for memorising and recounting pi to 22,514 digits in just over five hours.[3] This sponsored charity challenge was held in aid of the National Society for Epilepsy (NSE) on “Pi Day”, March 14, 2004, at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford, UK.[4] The NSE was chosen to benefit from this event because of Tammet's experience with epilepsy as a young child. Professor Allan Snyder at the Australian National University said of Tammet: "Savants can't usually tell us how they do what they do. It just comes to them. Daniel can. He describes what he sees in his head. That's why he's exciting. He could be the 'Rosetta Stone'."[5]

Language masteryHe can speak languages including
English, French, Finnish, German, Spanish, Lithuanian, Romanian, Estonian, Icelandic, Welsh and Esperanto. He particularly likes Estonian, because it is rich in vowels. Tammet is creating a new language called Mänti. Mänti has many features related to Finnish and Estonian, both of which are Finno-ugric languages. Some sources credit Tammet as creating the Uusisuom and Lapsi languages as well.[6]
Tammet is capable of learning new languages very quickly. To prove this for a Channel Five documentary, Tammet was challenged to learn
Icelandic in one week, a language with a popular reputation as one of the world's most difficult languages to learn.[7][8] Seven days later he appeared on Icelandic television conversing in Icelandic, with his Icelandic language instructor saying it was "not human." Segments of the interview, showing Tammet responding to questions in Icelandic, were televised on the American News show 60 Minutes.[1]

Born on a Blue DayIn 2006, Tammet traveled to the United States to promote his
memoir, Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant.[9] While in the US, he appeared on several television and radio talk shows and specials, including 60 Minutes. In February, 2007, Born on a Blue Day was serialised as BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week in the United Kingdom.

Personal LifeTammet, and his
domestic partner, software engineer Neil Mitchell, have been together for six years. They live together in Kent where they have a quiet regimented life at home with their cats and prepare their meals from their garden.[10] Tammet and Mitchell together operate the online e-learning company, Optimnem, where they create and publish language courses.iki/Daniel_Tammet
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#4
I wouldn't envy him.  Having a brain like that is a terrible cross to bear.  After all he hasn't used it to rationalise that there is a God in Heaven that loves him and wants him to save his soul and be happy for eternity.

Intelligence does not equal wisdom.

Maths and languages aren't that useful and in 50 years time he'll be just as dead as the rest of us.  I envy the happy married Catholic plumber who has a simple, well paid if dirty job, does not have to consort with immoral business people and has plenty of time to spend with his family and bringing up his children.

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