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April 16, 2013

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Robert I suggest out the 'normal' savants the most revealing ones're the number crunchers. Most of 'em seemingly have no comprehension whatsoever of the maths they're supposedly performing to arrive at the correct answers yet they pluck those numbers out thin air quicker than computers can calculate them.

We're supposed to believe savant talents result from parts of the brain the rest of us normally use being somehow shut down and rededicated to functions they wouldn't normally be associated with as a result massively amplifying if not utterly transforming their possible application.

Yet if you found the kettle you'd just bought not only didn't boil water but performed quantum computing you wouldn't think oh that's what must happen whenever you wire electric kettles wrongly.

You'd think was oh my god electric kettles mustn't just be boilers of water they must be quantum computers too but we've been wiring them in such a way they only perform one function or the other!

My point being maybe savants're the evidence we should be simultaneously normal AND extraordinary but we've convinced ourselves it can only be one or the other.

Well said, alanborky!

Hi Robert, All,

If you have a working understanding of what life in the “Spirit World” is like, these seemingly unnatural and super-human abilities start to appear less-so. Some of our fellow humans in the physical seem to have early access to abilities that we will all eventually have.

I’ve had hands-on experience with Autism (through my youngest daughter), which isn’t saying much as Autism is a shotgun word to describe a myriad of symptoms (spectrum disorder), but I’ve since learned that most autistics seem to share a common trait – the difficulty or sometimes the inability to shift their focus. The common thread in autism seems to be an enhanced sensitivity to one or more senses, causing a surplus of data that overpowers the others. Because of the data surplus, the learning process is likewise affected. Where the individual is high-functioning, beyond the sometimes strange social behavior, I think the “disorder” is very much the opposite. I believe that many of us (to the tune of 20+ percent) are undiagnosed (and never will be) autistic, and if you take a closer look, I think you too will see that most of our “gifted” are likely to show at least one, perhaps more, autistic traits.

My older daughter also has an interesting difference of perspective. We found, quite by accident, that she’s a Synesthete (see Synesthesia). She sees letters and numbers differently than most of us do. The benefit/detriment of it remains to be seen, but so far, she’s taken to both more readily than her parents ever have. I’m extremely curious about it and, of course, she doesn’t often want to talk about it. Go figure. When I think about the circumstances that allowed us to learn about her ability (I mean, doesn’t _everyone_ see colors with their letters and numbers?), I can’t help but see the opportunity for countless others who have unusual perspectives, but never realize that they’re, in any way, different.

I hope you’re having a great day, wherever you are!
Tim

I too see colours with letters and numbers. Also, the days of the week and people's names etc. have different colours. Doesn't everyone see colours with letters and numbers? It has never before occurred to me that others don't experience this phenomenon.

Julie,

Well, perhaps my post was for you then. While I can mentally assign each my favorite choice, mine are not inherently colored and I cannot reproduce those associations at will, much less with complete accuracy. So, no, not everyone… :)

It’s hard for me to imagine what it’s like. I find it especially interesting that one/some of her letters are described as multi-colored (I think Z is the “rainbow” one). The colors can apparently be suppressed at will and take some level of concentration to “see” before they come to the “surface”. It bugs her to see colorful signs full of incorrectly-colored letters. I think it’s neat-o. To her, it’s mundane, maybe even annoying.

Best regards,
Tim

Ah, I then think it's a matter of degree, Tim. While I interpret things in terms of colour, I don't expect the world to conform to my pattern of understanding.

I suspect that a lot of high IQ people have a form of Autism. They are easily irritated by superficial matters, such as the incorrect spelling of their name.

Kindest regards,
Julie

Very amazing - and the brain studies using the magnetic pulses to deactivate the left brain and then create some minor "savant" skills....

Yeah I just had a new article published you all should want to check out - "The Secret Science of Spiritual Healing" - delves into the science attempts to describe these paranormal abilities.

http://www.viewzone.com/spiritualhealing.html

Did I forget to post the url? Anyway the qigong masters that I focus on - they can feel the pain of others and so like to heal people because it clears out the pain they feel internally.

Here's a book that goes some way to explain the unusual and abnormal brain functions written by a neuroscientist that specializes in malfunctions of the brain.

It deals with autism, and forms of synesthesia for example, and is a fascinating read.

The Tell-Tale Brain by V.S Ramachandran

Having read it last year when it came out, I recall that using imaging etc, they could see that in forms of synesthesia, for example, when numbers and colours were linked, there was an infiltration of nerves by adjacent areas, as the areas were situated next to each other. This may explain how when brain injury occurs, adjacent nerves in areas close by may strengthen to compensate. A great read, and went a long way to explaining how this is likely to occur.

Lynn, looks interesting, I'll give it a go

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