Sunday, March 21, 2010

A Rose By Any Other Name ...

You have all heard the quote, "A rose by any other name is still a rose." Am I correct? It seems the new terminology for what we referred to people who had extraordinary mental gifts like Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man is no longer Idiot Savant, but rather the politically correct term is to put the person's gift in front of savant and refer to them by their gift. If Rain Man were made today, Raymond would be called a mathematical savant.

This piece ran on 60 Minutes a week ago and it has taken me a while to post. I must say, I despise using the term Idiot to describe anyone, and I believe we should call a rose a rose. According to, Savant Syndrome, (which is what we should be calling this form of autism), is Below normal intelligence combined with a special talent or ability in a specific area. You can read the rest of their piece by clicking here.

That being said, this is truly an amazing story about thirty-year-old Derek Paravicini:

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The human brain is truly unique. We are just beginning to understand it. One has to wonder just how an individual can do what Derek does musically and yet cannot figure out how to button his shirt or hold up three fingers.

I look forward to your comments.




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Bridget Siljander said...

Wonderful article! Imani and I actually met a mathematical savant yesterday at Gillette and his DSP referred to him as "gifted" and did not mention a disability. I was so impressed because like you discuss, the gift came first. I think you have got it right!

Chad said...

Everyone on the planet should see the video DEREK on 60 mins. Man, music is so powerful! I want everyone who thinks they have to cut music and art to watch that. crazy! Cool! THANKS MIKEY!

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