Personal Hero: Autistic Savant Daniel Tammet Speaks About “Different Ways of Knowing”

June 27th, 2011 by Karen Merzenich

Daniel Tammet is a self-described high functioning autistic savant with a mastery of language. This incredibly talented and interesting man has synesthesia that affects his perception of language, numbers and colors, so that all three are deeply intertwined. His synesthesia allows him to perceive the world in a phenomenally interesting way.

Daniel Tammet gave a TED talk about his perception and his life, which I’ve posted below. This fantastic video reminds me of another excellent TED talk given by Temple Grandin–who often says “the world needs all kinds of minds.” Surely our world is better off with the unique gifts that Tammet and Grandin share with us through their work and their advocacy. Enjoy.

One thought on “Personal Hero: Autistic Savant Daniel Tammet Speaks About “Different Ways of Knowing”

  1. Lisa

    Through my experiences as a special education teacher, I have come realize the validity of the statement that, “Our senses determine how we learn.” Every bit of learning is attached to a personal feeling or reflection.
    What I interesting is that Daniel sees everything in colors and shapes, even numbers.

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