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 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.
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.