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#205 Turtle

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Posted 03 May 2008 - 11:36 AM

This thread makes me wonder if he was actually analyzing while he walked, instead of just giving his hands something to do.


For all this, this is the first I’ve heard, and, according to a google search, the first internet mention, of Kim Peek playing with a button on a string. My guess is that his attention was attracted to the regularity of its cycle and the sound it made, not to any analysis of its physics.

Although Peek’s memory and other skills are extraordinary, and he’s unusual among savants in displaying original thought, and his ability to interact somewhat normally with people, he’s very limited in his ability to understand cause-and-effect connections and symbolic representations of the kind needed to consider the mechanics of even a simple physical system. ...


:shade: Mmmmm...didn't find an e-mail for Mr. Peek did you? The best I could find was a gal setting up appointments for appearences at schools by Mr. Peek & Mr. Peek.* :) :D

Whether or not Kim has any thoughts on the physics involved, I bet he remembers where & when he learned about the spinning-disk-on-a-string, as well as 98.8% of everything he has ever read about the device. :) :)


*The Real Rain Man: A Father's Inspiring Account of Kim Peek, Made Famous by Oscar Winner Dustin Hoffman

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 07:51 AM

Kim was usually mumbling/muttering something while he spun the button. Asking him questions didn't get much response. :shrug:

I'm glad to read that Kim's doing well. Too bad his parents divorced. I wonder whatever happened to his mother, as well as his younger brother, my old friend Brian (Cruise's character -- same hair color as Cruise, also fun-loving & caring, but squarer of face). :confused:

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 12:32 PM

Kim was usually mumbling/muttering something while he spun the button. Asking him questions didn't get much response. :shrug:

I'm glad to read that Kim's doing well. Too bad his parents divorced. I wonder whatever happened to his mother, as well as his younger brother, my old friend Brian (Cruise's character -- same hair color as Cruise, also fun-loving & caring, but squarer of face). :confused:


Thanks for bringing this to my attention kazh. I sent an email to the gal I referenced, and explained my interest in communicating with Kim and included a link to this thread. Two steps back, two forward. :roll: :shrug:

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 12:18 PM

:) Due to technical difficulties, our reading here is temporarily interrupted. May I humbly suggest that a fine & good way to while away the time until all is restored, is to make a disk-on-a-string from items at your desk, and spin it. :bow: Instructions are in post #1. :)

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 11:26 PM

:rotfl: :doh: :doh: :doh: :spin:

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