Archive for October 2011
I saw this documentary once about an extraordinary young man called Derek. Derek is a savant. He is a piano prodigy who gave a concert at the Barbican Hall at the age of 9. He also appeared on Wogan. He is uniquely able to listen to complex pieces of music for the first time and then repeat them immediately on his piano. He took his act to Las Vegas. Unfortunately Derek also has severe learning difficulties and autism and requires live-in care from a lady called Pam to fulfil his daily wants.
I think that Mario Balotelli might be a savant. Admittedly, kicking a ball into a net doesn’t necessitate the same level of virtuosity as reeling off a Beethoven piano concerto but Balotelli obviously has a natural mastery of the sport. But setting off fireworks in your bathroom suggests a need for constant supervision. Every time we are amused by the latest of his misadventures, we might all actually be laughing at someone suffering from an actual brain disorder. Perhaps someone should organise a clinical intervention. If there are any neurologists reading this then I submit the below clip to you as a potential sympton of his malfunction: