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Savant Daniel Tammet "Sees" Numbers and Learns Languages in a Week

Updated on January 26, 2014

What is the Limit of Human Intelligence?

Daniel Tammet holds the record for reciting Pi to 22,514 decimal places and has what is known as “Savant Syndrome".  What makes Daniel unique from other Savants with extraordinary mind capabilities is he can explain to scientists what is going on in his head. Daniel explains his ability to memorize numbers is due to his mind perceiving numbers as complex multidimensional colored and textured shapes. Daniel is a unique example of savant syndrome because he is the only one so far that can describe his inner world.  His ability puts an new spin on what is “intelligence”.

“I was able to visualize the digits in my mind’s eye as beautiful rolling numerical panorama, with prime numbers as signposts”

Be sure to watch the “Chess Hustlers” in Video 3 and the Japanese Students manipulating numbers with an “imaginary abacas” in their minds to do extraordinary calculations in their minds. The Japanese Children are not Savants as they have been practicing hours per day for years. If you only have time to watch 1 of the 5 parts below make it number 4!

In video #5 Daniel is given the ultimate linguistics challenge – Learn the Icelandic language in 7 days.  And of course he does!

Note:  There is another series of videos that are not the same but very close to this series. Search for “The boy with the incredible brain”

Daniel Tammet

While possessing Savant Syndrome, Daniel can describe his inner world to scientists.
While possessing Savant Syndrome, Daniel can describe his inner world to scientists.

The boy with the Incredible Brain – Daniel Tammet Part 1

The boy with the Incredible Brain – Daniel Tammet Part 2

The boy with the Incredible Brain – Daniel Tammet Part 3

The boy with the Incredible Brain – Daniel Tammet Part 4

The boy with the Incredible Brain – Daniel Tammet Part 5

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