December 22, 2009

Kim Peek has passed away at 58

I heard this first on the radio today. Kim Peek was the man who inspired Dustin's Hoffman's performance in Rain Man. He died of a heart attack at 58, an expert in so many fields but lost in so many ways

As the years went on, the younger Peek became a "mega-savant," having become a genius in an impressive 15 subjects ranging from literature to sports to geography. As MSNBC says: "NASA scientists had been studying Peek, hoping that technology used to study the effects of space travel on the brain would help explain his mental capabilities."

My son tells me Peek was born without a corpus callosum (agenesis of the corpus callosum), the part of the brain that connects the two hemispheres.

God's gift returns to God.

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