Serendipitous savant triablogue.blogspot.com/2012/05/serendipitous-savant.html
Other interesting savants include Daniel Tammete.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbASOcqc1SsKim Peeke.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2T45r5G3kAI also find synesthesia intriguinge.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWGNWgBk76kHyperthymesia (AKA superior autobiographical memory)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HyperthymesiaHere's a link to an episode of 60 Minutes that dealt with the topichttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zTkBgHNsWMActress Marilu Henner has been diagnosed with hyperthymesia.
I can imagine someone pointing out that these are cases of the exact opposite : matter over mind.
How does one account for these abilities? Are they latent within all of us?
Some people like Aldous Huxley regard the brain as a reducing value that limits perception to keep the input manageable. It filters what we perceive. Otherwise, we'd be overwhelmed.
I recall the author of Brain Wars arguing along those lines as well. He seemed to suggest that psychedelic drugs perhaps impair the brain's filtering function.