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    This guy is Simply Amazeing!!

    He eats us puny artist for breakfast! It gave me Chills. Turn up your Volume.

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    Holy fuck..... that's incredible.
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    Amazing stuff. Reminds me of a special called "Brain Man" on the discovery chanel or something. This guy learned to speak Icelandic in a week
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    Amazing indeed... very interesting to see what humans are capable of, at extremes.

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    I know I was thinking the same thing. This guy really blows my mind. I wish I had half of his memory abilities.
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    Can't download this on my school computer, this isn't a video about Kim Peek is it?

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    Kim Peek is the ispiration for the Rain Man character I believe.....right? The vid is an autistic guy who can draw a huge panoramic view of Rome from memory.
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    This is the sort of guy you want around when you're lost in the jungle...

    I'm certain, had he been with those kids from The Blair Witch Project, they'd been out of the woods and back on the road in an hour or two...No need to cry about lost maps when you've got Stephen Wiltshire rocking along with you...

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    Ah!!! crap, I keep getting an error every time I want to load the video,
    dam my luck, Im really curious about this guy!!!

    after googleing a few minutes I found this guy
    http://www.stephenwiltshire.co.uk/mygallery5.php
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    I could do that, I just don't want to

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    "save target as"

    i'm downloading it now.
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    Holy Hell!

    ...I have trouble doing an acurate drawing of a pencil, a whole city WTF?

    I wanna be autistic too

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    simply amazing!

    A few weeks ago there was an entire documentation-series of dudes like him. There was one guy who got a tennis-ball bashed against his head when he was 11 years old and since then he is able to multiply thousands and thousands of numbers in his mind, this was just insane.
    Anothner guy found a systen how to win in black jack each and every fucking time he played it. Though he didn't ever want to play in a casino, although he would be able to win milions af dollars just with playing one game all the time, well the reporter asked him why he does not want to play black jack in the casions and this guy just answered that this is no fun for him, so he doesn't want to win any money with it, strange!!
    Well and another dude was able to read one single page of a book in about 40 seconds, additional to that he is able to read 2 pages at the same time, this guy (he was about 30 years old or something like that) has read over 5000 books in his life so far ( IMAGINE THAT!!). The thing that makes him even more amazing is that after he read a REAL thick book in about half an hour with his badass techinque he remembered 94% of what he has just read, the best thing is that he never forgets anything he reads, what a gift!

    One woman was really weird, because she was able to see the world the way a cow sees it, and she was able to understand the "language of cows". She, however earns her money with her special skill, she helps building cow-friendly milk-machines and barns and stuff.

    This guys are amazing, I guess that normal humans will eb never able to understand or even imagine how it must be having such a great talent, at least it just can't get into my mind how it is even possible to draw such a panorama of rome just after seeing it once for such a short time
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    Now that's photographic memory.

    I'm even more surprised by how humble his behavior is too.

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    Gloominati - that guy who read two pages at a time would be Kim Peek (he reads each page with each eye). He's a special case though, because he's not autistic (he has no problem in approaching and socialising with people).

    There was a an issue of Time that focused on autism and higher functioning autism a month back. I can't fully understand their explanation of autistic individuals. Apparently people with autism has their brain wired differently; for them, having a conversation with a stranger is like experiencing bungee jumping with plastic strings. Consequently their perception of their world works on a different plane, the head-banging behaviour typical of autism is explained as a way for them to confirm for themselves that their head is acutally there.

    Fascinating stuff, I almost chose neuroscience as my major just to learn more about this.

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    That is fascinating indeed, but I wouldn't want to switch lives with him I think.

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    He should come to the UK meet What I don't get about photographic memory is do you have to develop it through years of hard work and practice or is it something genetically inherited or some shit like that?! Cause photographic memory sure would be helpful to us artists! I mean you hear liek wez saying that he sees someone on the street and draws him from memory, I can imagine that is because of practice and years of hard work. But this guy is just something else, I can't see him as having developed this skill through hard work but he's just got it? interresting...

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    I don't know how much these special skills are explored by sience already but I believe that theoretically everey human is able to developp such skills, they just need to be "activated". Well most of this people are autistic but some are not, like that guy who got this tennis-ball banged against this head and since then he is able to calculate with numbers in his mind you can't even think of.

    That's what I find really interesting about this people, it seems that there is one switch inside your brain that needs to be turned on so that you can receive these special skillst
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    I know someone who works with young children with special needs and I remember her telling me about one autistic girl about 10 or 11 years old who wrote all her work in perfect Tolkein-Elvish which she learnt after flicking through the 'elvish dictionary' s'bloody impressive, if a bit of a nuisance as they had to get someone in to translate it all

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    Holy shit hes like rainman 2

    Like someone already said its funny how all these things are within everyone of us but alot more active on some people like the guy in the video. If I remember correctly according to a scientist called Karl Lashley the average human only uses around 5-10% of the total brain capacity.
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    dear god, MB should hire this dude

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    Amazing memory, not a whole lot of creativity. Now imagine THAT ability mixed with an explosive creative spark? He could draw entire alien cities in full, unadulterated detail...i would just die if i saw it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maxetormer
    Ah!!! crap, I keep getting an error every time I want to load the video,
    dam my luck, Im really curious about this guy!!!

    after googleing a few minutes I found this guy
    http://www.stephenwiltshire.co.uk/mygallery5.php
    Well at least we know he can't write properly...

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    I wonder if this guy has normal brain capacity in other areas though. Like Rainman could calculate huge numbers and count cards, but he couldn't apply numbers to real life, and had no social skills. That's what is kinda sad about cases like these, is that statistically speaking, savants are unable to take the skill and turn it into a career, because they lack in other areas. I also heard that something like only 10% of child prodigies are successful adults.
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    do you have to develop it through years of hard work and practice or is it something genetically inherited
    well, I ain't no expert, but I think it's sort of similar to "perfect pitch" (the ability some musicians have to acurately determine a single note by ear) in that some people are just born that way. If you can't do it, you can still learn it to a certain degree like a skill, but it will never be as precise as a person who's born to it.
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    yeah this guy didn't learn how to speak untill he was 5 years old. So I would say nofingers, that he is a bit socially inapt. I think it's interesting he has pride for his Drawings. I assume most of the Talent he was born with, but if he has pride, he must have gained skill in some way.
    But yeah he doesn't seem to be creative. If he had his already exsisting skill, and was able to be creative, I think I would go mad. I would have someone throw a baseball at my head.
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    I saw him on the tele in the nineties, in some programme with a load of savants, some bloke who could complete an hours long piano recital after hearing the piece only once, Stephen Wiltshire was drawing buildings in London on there, and he'd get everything right about the buildings, except sometimes they were reversed or etails of them were.

    P.S. he also hardly takes his pen/pencil off the paper he just makes it lighter in between strokes.

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    the average human only uses around 5-10% of the total brain capacity.
    That theory was pretty much disproved by a recently discovered physical process in our brains called neuromodulation (different from the invasive therapeutic technique used by doctors). Our brain basically creates these little root systems throughout our entire brain which in turn creates their own little stems or mini roots. These various stems contain specific categories of information as we learn. In the process, our brain is constantly trimming the stems/roots that it considers obselete (the bits we rarely use). What you see happening in this guy is most likely a very strong root system developing from the get-go that his brain is somehow prioritizing as critically useful information.

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