COGSCI: Artistic Savants

From: Josh Yotty (
Date: Mon Feb 11 2002 - 19:08:09 MST

>We argue here that the difference between autistic child artists
>and normal individuals is that autistic artists make no assumptions
>about what is to be seen in their environment. They have not formed
>mental representations of what is significant and consequently
>perceive all details as equally important. Equivalently, they do
>not impose visual or linguistic schema - a process that we
>believe is necessary for rapid conceptualisation in a dynamic
>existence, especially when the information presented to the
>eye is incomplete.

Different information at

It's pretty easy to draw parallels between our brains and computers
here--mainly that there is "one more step" to intelligence. Also may imply
that AIs will do math just like we do: slow.

I'm not a cognitive scientist, so feel free to flame. :)

-Josh Yotty
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