13. What is fascinating to me are the stories of people
with horrific brain injuries who developed savant-like abilities afterward. I took care of one years ago, a blue collar guy who survived a massive bleed and turned into a math genius. It seems for most of us, our brains get in their own way when it comes to that sort of wild talent. We might all have latent abilities waiting for brain insult to come out.
There are also experiments using external electrical stimulation of various parts of the brain that seem to provide learning and ability shortcuts. Now that's wild.
I've often speculated Mozart was an Aspie who lucked out by being born into a musical family. His lack of ability to read emotional cues and behave himself as a proper servant would seem to bear this out.
Not all Aspies develop wild skills and not all brain injuries produce genius. It's just amazing to me when they do.
We're in the infancy of figuring some of this stuff out.
(Neurology was my favorite specialty, can you tell?)