Monday, October 20, 2008


I am in class now, got to make it short and sweet.

Tonight I am in my Rti - Brain based teaching and learning with Math disorders, this is the class about me. I am a walking math disorder, not my strong suit nor do I have any interest. Funny, I work with numbers all day long or rather ALL DAY LONG and yet I enjoy my work because I can do equal parts of communicating which is a nice break from the calculating.

Our professor shared this video on Daniel Tammet, ever heard of him? A few years back, in 2002, he recited pi to 22, 514 digits within five hours and nine minutes. Scientists say his success is in part to his complex imaging.

In 2006, while he was in America on a book tour for his memoir Born on a blue day he met the real Rain man, Ken Peek who is equally amazing and brilliant in a different way. Their meeting is available on Youtube as well.

The brain is amazing, truly amazing.


kate said...

Interesting... I've been exploring this topic as well through my Philosophy of Education class, though most of our study has been a bit more superficial than what you describe, because we based all of the first section of the class on the book, Frames of Mind by Gardner, which, in 1983 when it first came out, was a groundbreaking work focused on the idea that not everyone learns the same (durr...).

Anyway, my favorite section of that book focused on the way the brain works and specifically focused on the development of the genius vs deficient, specifically cases of idiot-savant, or the inverse being someone who is otherwise very smart, but wholly lacks a type of knowledge.

Just interesting stuff. I will check out the video soon.

Io said...

Man, I have such vague memories of all my education classes.

Emily said...

OMG I am such a walking math disorder. Once I worked out what everyone owed from a dinner out and over charged everyone by $20 each, and there were only 8 of us. Poor husbando had to chase them down the road with the money in his hand!