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amazing segment on 60 minutes
#514921 06/25/06 06:55 PM
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anyone just catch the piece on 60 minutes about the kids (and an adult) that are severly mentally handicapped and blind but were musical geniuses? I've heard of this before but the segment was really good and to hear these kids play and improvise was fantastic. one guy (26 year old) could play every piece of music he had ever heard. he was great in jazz. same for an 11 year old girl. truly amazing.

thing is, these kids could not even button their own shirt or dress themselves, or answer simple questions accurately. Plus, the commentator (Leslie Stahl) is not too shabby of a player herself.

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Yes, I saw this. They are very gifted in musical abilities, but disabled in others. Very interesting from a medical perspective.


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People like these are probably the strongest support for Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences. It really is a fascinating thing!


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I saw it too - it's amazing what can be trapped inside of someone, only looking for a way to get out....


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I want to see!!!

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I found a 3 min. clip, I wish I could have seen all of it.


http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/60minutes/main3415.shtml

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I saw it too. It was really interesting that the boy didn't learn how to talk before he played Beethoven they said. And that 26 year old guy was amazing, I'm sure his career is really taking off.

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The abilities of some of these "savants" are quite remarkable. There was an article about the man who was the inspiration for the movie "Rain Man" recently in Scientific American , I think. He has taken up piano and is able to play remarkably from memory but is also able to compare, contrast and analyze music. Yet in other ways he is very impaired. They had some brain scans showing that there are some significant differences in his brain structure from "normal" that may (or may not) be related to some of his amazing abilities (and impairments). It's a fascinating story.

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My English teacher has such children, and she said that her daughter could sing Aria's of Mozart perfectly when she was 2 or something.


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I certainly don't think either of the pianists shown had anywhere near "genius" level ability. Talented, yes- but nowhere near the ability shown by classical or jazz pianists of the same age who have later become superstars of the piano world.

If they weren't so limited in other areas, no one would pay any attention to them for their musical abilities.

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The brain is fascinating! Good news is that we all have one. The key is to tap into the magic.

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People like these are probably the strongest support for Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences. It really is a fascinating thing!
I shudder at such theories, because, quite frankly, it would seem to me to be in every way an indication that I have multiple lacks of intelligence. :p wink


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