TED Talk Thursdays – Daniel Tammet: Different ways of knowing

For those of you not familiar with TED Talks here is a brief summery of them from www.ted.com:

“TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize”

This week’s talk is a fascinating (and I my opinion, too brief) look at the way Daniel Tammet who has linguistic, numerical and visual synesthesia, perceives the world.

According to www.ted.com:

“Daniel Tammet has linguistic, numerical and visual synesthesia — meaning that his perception of words, numbers and colors are woven together into a new way of perceiving and understanding the world. The author of “Born on a Blue Day,” Tammet shares his art and his passion for languages in this glimpse into his beautiful mind.”

“Daniel Tammet is a writer, linguist and educator. He is the creator of Optimnem, a website that has provided language learning instruction to thousands around the globe. His 2006 memoir “Born on a Blue Day” describes his life with high-functioning autistic savant syndrome; his new book, “Embracing the Wide Sky: A Tour Across the Horizons of the Mind,” is a personal and scientific exploration of how the brain works and the differences and similarities between savant and non-savant minds.”

“Tammet set a European record on March 14, 2004, when he recited the mathematical constant pi (3.141…) to 22,514 decimal places from memory in a time of 5 hours, 9 minutes.”

Enjoy!

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