I’m curious, does “Savant Syndrome” or Savantism only occur in those with developmental delays? I was reading the Wikipedia article and it states that “50% of savants are autistic; the other 50% have different disabilities, mental retardation, brain injury or a brain disease.” I’m curious, does it also affect someone who has a sense deprivation?
The reason I’m asking this is that I had taken twickster’s Twicky Gimmick to a friend of mine for some assistance. He was curious and didn’t quite have the time to puzzle over it, so he gave it to his wife because she is really good with things like that. His wife is blind and has an uncanny ability with the written word.
Within 24 hours of him sending her the “twicky gimmick” via IM, she responded back with this.
“Do not post instant communications with such insidious forms of word play as though you know naught of any ramifications which might occur from such an act. Luckily, my frying pan is cast iron, and thus contains nothing that such word play forbids. Oops, I didn’t fully follow that thought to its natural conclusion, and thus forgot that an atomic symbol for iron contains a particular glyph, and its banishing was the initial point in composing this awkward communication. But, know now that if I find a frying pan that is aluminum and not iron, I shall visit your doom upon you.”
She is amazing…