ASS - Acquired Savant Syndrome

SkeleTales

26-09-2023 • 40 mins

This week Alissa and Britt dive into the wonderful world of ASS, aka Acquired Savant Syndrome.

This fascinating syndrome appears in individuals who have had some kind of brain trauma and suddenly, without explanation, acquire incredible talents.

Alissa talks about one of the very first documented cases from the late 1800's of Eadweard Muybridge. A tragic stagecoach accident left him with such awful brain trauma he was bleeding from the ears. From that he became a world famous photographer, inventor...and murderer.

We fast forward in time where Britt tells the story of Jason Padgett, a karaoke loving beefcake who was tragically mugged in the streets of Tacoma, WA. The brain trauma caused from this encounter left Jason with the ability to visually see mathematics in intricate fractal forms.

Britt then shares a little about the Sudden Savant where these gifts appear in individuals instantaneously without any prior brain trauma. A woman can suddenly create amazing art overnight, a man can instantly speak a foreign language fluently and also the piano flawlessly.

These stories make us wonder, do we all have this untapped talent inside us? Can we hone in on these abilities without having major brain trauma?

We'll keep you posted if we find out.

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