Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Savant for a Day

NYT Magazine:

If neurological impairment is the cause of the autistic’s disabilities, Snyder wondered, could it be the cause of their geniuslike abilities, too? By shutting down certain mental functions—the capacity to think conceptually, categorically, contextually—did this impairment allow other mental functions to flourish? Could brain damage, in short, actually make you brilliant?

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