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Genetic Memory: How We Know Things We Never Learned
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Author:  packy [ Thu Jan 29, 2015 10:35 am ]
Post subject:  Genetic Memory: How We Know Things We Never Learned

http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/ ... A_Facebook

I met my first savant 52 years ago and have been intrigued with that remarkable condition ever since. One of the most striking and consistent things in the many savants I have seen is that that they clearly know things they never learned.
January 28, 2015 |By Darold Treffert

Leslie Lemke is a musical virtuoso even though he has never had a music lesson in his life. Like “Blind Tom” Wiggins a century before him, his musical genius erupted so early and spontaneously as an infant that it could not possibly have been learned. It came ‘factory installed’. In both cases professional musicians witnessed and confirmed that Lemke and Wiggins somehow, even in the absence of formal training, had innate access to what can be called “the rules” or vast syntax of music.

Much more at link with pictures and references to some specific cases.

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