February 14th, 2005

b/g - in the library

geeking out...again

there's this marvelous article over at the Guardian about Tammet, a savaunt who:

...has been able to see numbers as shapes, colours and textures. The number two, for instance, is a motion, and five is a clap of thunder. "When I multiply numbers together, I see two shapes. The image starts to change and evolve, and a third shape emerges. That's the answer. It's mental imagery. It's like maths without having to think."


that makes me wonder just what it is we're doing with our brains, and reminds me how wonderfully inexplicable human experience is. I'm probably feeling ultra sentimental tonight, but the parts where Tammet gets to meet Kim Peek (the real life rain man) are particularly touching. Go read it, and wonder just what it is we're really doing with our brains.