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Abstract: Explaining the unique skills of so-called "idiot savants," now generally referred to simply as savants, has long puzzled psychologists. Savant Syndrome combines various brain pathologies with highly sophisticated behavioural abilities in such areas as graphic art and musical performance. As a mental realist, I contend that no view of memory or behaviour based on physical realist views can account for Savant Syndrome. I argue that it is related to other "structural" phenomena such as biological morphogenesis, the transmission of Jungian archetypes, and cognitive and sensory "formation rules" because all these classes of phenomena depend on the brain/body's access to configurations in their respective universal field levels. For mental realism, all such levels derive from the Cosmogenic Field, the "first" (ontologically speaking) emanation of Cosmic Thought in mental realist ontology. While each of us has his or her own idiosyncratic set of modulations relative to the cerebral field level of the Cosmogenic Field, every human being also has access to 'a priori' structural organizing patterns introduced in our phylogenetic and cultural heritage. Behavioural as well as cognitive skills depend on such 'a priori' structures. Savant Syndrome is thus explained as a sharing of or participation in field memories of advanced behavioural skills.

To cite this article: Chandler, Keith. People Who Remember Things They Never Learned [online]. Australian Journal of Parapsychology, Vol. 4, No. 1, June 2004: 2-31. Availability: <;dn=245501750321074;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1445-2308. [cited 10 Oct 15].

Personal Author: Chandler, Keith; Source: Australian Journal of Parapsychology, Vol. 4, No. 1, June 2004: 2-31 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1445-2308 Subject: Dementia; Memory; Autism; Case studies; Savants (Savant syndrome); Savant syndrome; Peer Reviewed: Yes

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