Rain Man – Kim Peek (2)

Kim Peek has really earned his nickname “Kimputer” (computer). Kim remembers everything as pure unfiltered data like a computer does. The real Rain Man knows two thousand years of calendar dates, all the dialing codes and high way systems in the USA, all of the historic dates of the world and every tune he’s ever heard. But he cannot fry an egg or dress himself. He will never have a driving license or a girlfriend. That would just be too much for his brain.

Kim Peek有一个名符其实的昵称“Kimputer”(电脑Computer的谐音)。Kim可以像电脑一样把所有东西都以纯粹的不经过滤的数据一样存储下来。这位真正的“雨人”记住了两千年的日历日期、美国所有的区号和所有的高速公路系统、世界上所有的历史性日期和他听到过的所有的曲调。但是他却连鸡蛋都不会煎甚至不会自己穿衣服。他永远不会获得驾驶执照或者找个女朋友。这些对于他的大脑来说都太多了。

Kim is over fifty but still lives with his father Fran in Salt Lake City. Every day his father dresses him, brushes his teeth and accompanies him to the city library. Over the years Kim’s read about 12,000 books and hasn’t forgotten a single word. He has never learned them by heart. He has simply read them every book exactly once. There are over 200 boxes’ worth of books sort on his brains hard drive.

Kim已经五十多岁了,但他还跟他父亲Fran一起住在盐湖城。每天他父亲给他穿衣,刷牙然后陪他到市图书馆。多年来Kim读过大概一万两千本书并且一个字都没有忘记。他从来没有用“心”来学习它们。他只是简单地每本书仅读一遍。在他大脑的硬盘里存储着相当于约200箱的书。

Fran: When they gave him a test and gave him 8 pages he read them in 53 seconds and two hours later had a 98.7% recall including the page numbers. So he got them all in order. So something in his optical system allows him to put things in order when his reading. I asked if I can take the same test coz his brain is the only thing everybody’s anybody’s studied. It took me 23 minutes to read what he read in 53 seconds and I had a 54% recall which was normal.

Fran:他们给他做过一个测试,给了他8页纸,他只用53秒就读完了,两个小时之后他能回想起98.7%的内容,包括每一页的页码。所以他把它们的顺序都记对了。所以他的视觉系统有某种东西能让他在阅读的时候把它们给理好顺序。我问我能不能做相同的测试,因为大家每个人都只研究过他的大脑。我花了23分钟读完他53秒读完的内容,并且只记住了54%的内容,而这是正常的。

 

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