This "Megasavant" Remembered Everything He Ever Learned
When Kim Peek was a baby, doctors told his parents that he was severely mentally retarded, and may never be able to learn anything. Despite that diagnosis, Peek was reading entire encyclopedias by the age of four. Peek was known as a "megasavant," with an amazing memory and ability to learn. By age 10, he could read both pages of an open book at once, with one eye reading one page and the other eye reading the opposite page. He retained about 98% of everything he ever learned. By the time of his death at age 58, Peek had read 10,000 books. His abilities may have been due to a lack of connection between his brain's two hemispheres.