Autistic savants (was: Metarationality)

From: Christian L. (
Date: Fri Aug 30 2002 - 09:13:50 MDT

Cliff wrote:

> > On an Intelligence Augmentation note, could hallucinogens, Yoga, etc.
> > be used to unlock other potentialities of the brain?
> >
> > I'm thinking of 'talents' such as the math skills of some "idiot
> > savants" and the various perceptual skills displayed by autistics.

When you say "math skills", do you mean lightning fast calculation a la
"Rain Man"? Most people who do work in mathematics would not describe that
as mathematical skills, since it is a rather mechanical task and does not
require much creativity/intelligence. Skills in higher math is mostly about
proving theorems and solving problems. I don't think there have been a case
of savants being able to prove theorems.

It is however interesting to think about how such abilities could be used
together with a more organized/non-autistic mind...


Chat with friends online, try MSN Messenger:

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.5 : Wed Jul 17 2013 - 04:00:40 MDT