I'm very excited for my friends who were on the FOX TV Show, Superhumans recently. It got me thinking about talent, hard work, and what being a superhuman means. To me, an actual "superhuman" is someone with an innate talent. They were born with this talent, or acquired it suddenly, not by the slow, hard work of training that I and my friends have used to achieve our memory successes.
Below is a short list of some people I find extraordinary, or "superhuman!"
· Daniel McCartney (September 10, 1817 – November 15, 1887) was believed to have possessed hyperthymesia, a condition wherein an individual is able to recall autobigraphical memory in extreme details. He was born legally blind but that never hindered his extraordinary mental abilities. He was able to recall in seconds his experience including what he did, what he ate, what day of the week it was and describe every detail such as weather conditions and any local, regional or national events on any given specific date. Aside from his clearly superhuman memory, he was also deemed as one of the very few human calculators; able to compute complex mathematical computations mentally in seconds. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_McCartney
· Akim Camara was born on September 26, 2000 and is known as a violinist child prodigy. Akim had shown early signs of musical inclination and was given violin lessons at the age of two. After only six months of light training (a total of 90 minutes every week) and by the age of three, he had his debut performance in December of 2003. His extraordinary ability to memorize a musical piece after hearing it and ability to perform complex musical compositions at a very young age made way for him to be recognized worldwide as a true child prodigy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akim_Camara
· Tristan Pang who was born on October 18, 2001 is another child prodigy known for his academic excellence. Purely self-taught, at the age of two, he was already reading independently and solving high school math. He was only nine when he earned a top grade A* scoring 97% at the Cambridge International Examinations IGCSE maths (Year 11 / O Level) and eleven years old when he top scored with A* at the Cambridge A level exams (Year 13). He also became one of the youngest speakers in the world when he delivered a TED talk in 2013. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tristan_Pang