COM 115 Savant - Nathan Foust Dr Sandra House COM 115 Section 17 2 April 2008 Real Life Rain Men Specific Purpose To inform my audience about

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Nathan Foust Dr. Sandra House COM 115 Section 17 2 April 2008 Real Life Rain Men Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about Savant Syndrome. Thesis Statement: Savant Syndrome is a fascinating condition that even science cannot explain; however by looking at the information we do have, and examining the extraordinary cases of Daniel Tammet and Kim Peek, some light can be shed on the true nature of what it is to be a Savant. Introduction I. Try and imagine being able to recall anything and everything you have ever read in your entire life; try to imagine being able to multiply or divide any number, no matter how large, in your head in a matter of seconds. II. These are just a few of the amazing abilities possessed by a group of people known as Savants. III. Incredible you may say, it is made even more so by the fact that most Savants would be considered legally retarded. IV. As someone who was been interested in this disease for years, I would like to try and give you some insight into this mysterious condition. V. Savant Syndrome is a fascinating condition that even science cannot explain; however by looking at the information we do have, and examining the extraordinary cases of Daniel Tammet and Kim Peek, some light can be shed on the true nature of what it is to be a Savant. (Transition: Before we can examine these individuals though we need to have an understanding of what a Savant is.) Body I. In the January 2008 article Autism and Savant Syndrome Sural Shah defines Savant Syndrome as “a disorder in which individuals with neurological developmental delays in socialization and communication possess ‘astonishing islands of brilliance that stand in stark… contrast to the overall-handicap.”
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A. In laymen’s terms, a Savant is a person with a mental disability who for some reason that we can’t explain has an extremely gifted ability which doesn’t seem to fit with their handicap. II. Science has yet to come up an explanation as to how this happens. A.
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course COM 115 taught by Professor House during the Spring '08 term at Missouri State University-Springfield.

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COM 115 Savant - Nathan Foust Dr Sandra House COM 115 Section 17 2 April 2008 Real Life Rain Men Specific Purpose To inform my audience about

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