The Real Rain Man

Kim Peek is often called The Real Rain Man. He is a savant with a photographic memory and the ability to remember and recall anything he’s ever read and learned. Yet this is probably due to cogenital brain abnormalities.

I learned of this extraordinary guy on a Discovery Channel show. On the show, they explained that Kim can take in straight facts, but has a difficulty grasping conceptual knowledge. Conceptual knowledge and understanding is quite critical for everyday living, it allows you to “put yourself in other people’s shoes” or understand the phrase “get a grip”. When Kim hears the phrase “get a grip”, he takes it literally and actually graps himself.

I wonder how Kim Peek would do on Jeopardy, probably break the winning streak of Ken Jennings.


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