Ender and Brain Man? - Might want to read this!

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Card, Ender's Game Ch 1-6 -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"Ender did what he always did when Peter tormented him. He bgan to count doubles.
One, two, four, eight, sixteen, thirty-two, sixty-four. And on, as high as he could hold
the numbers in his head: 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 16384, 32768, 65536,
131072, 262144. At 67108864 he began to be unsure--"

This was a very interesting story to read not only because it was a science fiction story, but it was educational at the same time. You might be wondering why I chose this quote from six chapters. The reason is that even though you might think that no one can perform calculations in there head this quick, there really are people who can do this. In my Intro. to Special Education class that I am taking this semster, we learned about this man called, "Brain Man." His real name is Daniel Tammet and he is 27 years old. As soon as I read this quote I thought of this person because it was amazing what Daniel could do when it came to math and memory. It was interesting after reading the last line of the first paragraph on page 44 which stated, "The pain was gone. The tears were gone. He would not cry." People who have a brillant brain for math and memory are considered to have a disability. It seems as though in Ender's case this was a time that he was able to release his pain and tears. It is interesting that this story made this comment because there are real people who have wonderful abilities. I am attaching a link for a 60 minute short clip which talks about, "Brain Man." It is short and very interesting to watch. Overall, I thought this was a very interesting connection in real life and the story.

Website for 60 Minute Interview: "Brain Man"

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How interesting. I'd certainly heard of those abilities, but I'd never thought they would be so advanced. The show did mention, however, that there are often drawbacks to having those abilities that the "Brain Man" didn't have. Do you know what the drawbacks usually are? I'm curious, what kind of disability comes along with this kind of mind?

I am so glad that you could watch the video, it was very interesting. I researched some information and found out that autism is closely related to having a savant syndrome. Something else that boggles the mind is that Daniel seems to be rather normal like any other person even while being a savant. Below is a website which talks about the savant syndrome.

*The Savant Syndrome: Islands of Genius - http://www.autismtoday.com/articles/SavantSyndrome.asp

Hey, did you check these out? I was so intrigued by the notion of autistic savants that the article noted that I looked up a couple of the artists he named. Check these out!
http://www.colorado.edu/finearts/rivera/disability/artists/alonzo_clemons/alonzo_frame_set.html
http://www.wawro.net/gallery_1.html
http://www.stephenwiltshire.co.uk/gallery.aspx

I am so glad that you have found this interesting. I looked over the websites that you listed and they follow right along with what the article said about the artists. I think that this relates very close to the story that we are reading and also everyday life. I think that Ender is extremely smart and he reminds me of a savant. Good observation in the article!

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