Turning on your inner savant


18 Responses to “Turning on your inner savant”

  1. bardfinn says:

    Oskar: Yes, lots and lots of peer-reviewed studies. Lots.

    Is my naked lust for this device yet apparent?

  2. Not a Doktor says:

    So it’s like steroids for Math-letics?

  3. Jewels Vern says:

    This is actually fairly easy to do and doesn’t even require any equipment. All you have to do is start when you are about 9 years old. Go to http://speedreading4kids.com for an example of how to do it.

  4. Jake von Slatt says:

    Imagine Microsoft in five years, cubicle after cubicle of young people wearing odd helmets furiously banging away at keyboards.

    We need an Open Source hardware project on this NOW or Linux is lost!

  5. Gutierrez says:


    Remember, go easy on your EBEs (Electronic Brain Enhancements).

  6. codesuidae says:

    Speed reading isn’t all about comprehension and retention. It’s about skimming the crap and finding the parts you need to read. Great for forum comments :)

  7. Joel Johnson says:

    I’ve written them and asked for the specs. Clearly we must test this.

  8. Oskar says:

    @11: Speedreading is a filthy lie. If you want to actually, you know, understand what the hell it is your reading, you have to go basically as slow as the rest of us. You can’t get spectacular results with 100% comprehension, which is what matters. Unless you’re autistic or something like that.

  9. angusm says:

    It would suck if instead of turning on your inner savant, it turned on your inner idiot. (Can we talk about “idiot savants” any more, or has that been replaced by a politer term?)

  10. theLadyfingers says:

    I’m not able to rationalise the physical volume occupied by the one on the left’s hair. Is it combed over a partly inflated balloon?

  11. Modusoperandi says:

    …as with all things that sound like “woo” (as well as the remaining things that don’t) I ask, “How did the control group do?”. That one simple question commonly causes scientifical advances to suddenly not be so advanced. Until it’s double-blind/placebo group tested, it’s anecdotal.
    Do you know what works anecdotally? Everything.

  12. bardfinn says:

    “That is the /sexiest/ thing I have /ever/ seen.” — Carl Reiner as Saul Bloom, Ocean’s Eleven.

    I concur with Joel. Good science involves reproducing the experiment. A lot.

  13. MarlboroTestMonkey7 says:


    The Savantinator turns any bike helmet into a “mind-blowing” cognocitive accelerator in just seconds. It’s unique design wraps around your head with almost painless screws unlike many cheap imitations.

    Helps solve tought quantum mechanics problems, shine on double violin and tones your fine dextrity in LESS THAN 15 MINUTES DAILY.

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  14. andyhavens says:

    My problem is that I’m a savant for a musical instrument that won’t be invented until 2105. My great-great-great grandfather was a savant for playing WoW, but he couldn’t convince the warden to let him plug his primitive, hand-built 360 into the lightning rod.

  15. Daemon says:

    Hmm, that “inproving the chances of guessing objects” sounds intriguingly like psychic powers…

  16. Oskar says:

    I hate to be that guy, but this sounds like a lot of hooey to me. Like those guys that will tell you that hypnosis/magnetism/pyramids/whatever will give you AMAZING MIND POWERS!!!!

    I’d like to see corroboration from some peer-review studies. And like, a lot of them.

  17. bardfinn says:

    Daemon: It’s an ability to accurately estimate the number of objects in a group – ala “Guess how many jellybeans are in the jar and win a free ice cream cone!”.

    Someone who married into my extended family tried that as a game at a family reunion. It boggled her mind that I, my brother, and two of my cousins had all guessed correctly (437).

  18. brynnablue says:

    @14: Unless you’re autistic or something like that.
    Yeah, it helps. I’ve been reading at 1000+wpm since the age of 3 with a 97% comprehension average. No speed-reading courses, just brain eccentricities. I even had a friend in 6th grade take a speed-reading course to “beat me”… yeah, no such luck. His comprehension and retention when speed-reading were terrible.

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