Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Nine thousand books and complete recall

"The first presenter was Kim Peek, the model for the Dustin Hoffman character in the 1988 movie Rain Man. Peek has read nine thousand books, and has complete recall of them all; he can read a new book in an hour, sometimes scanning the left page with his left eye while he reads the facing page with is right. (His condition may be caused by the absence of his corpus callosum, the tissue that connects the two hemispheres of the brain.)"

-- The New Yorker, January 29, 2007

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