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October 28, 2009 > Ohlone College hosts Kim Peek 'The Real Rain Man'

Ohlone College hosts Kim Peek 'The Real Rain Man'

Submitted By Gosia Gizycki

A confounding mixture of brilliance and disability that neuroscientists have yet to understand, Kim Peek, the inspiration for the movie Rain Man, and his father are coming to Ohlone College this Friday October 30 at 7 p.m. Although diagnosed as mentally retarded at birth, Kim Peek has developed a memory that is without equal. Come explore an exciting opportunity to find out what makes the human brain unique as the Ohlone Psychology Club Speaker Series presents Kim Peek 'The Real Rain Man'.

Peek is one of a handful of so-called "mega-savants", celebrated for his remarkable memory. His favorite place is the public library, where he reads as many as eight books a day. "Kim reads the left page of a book with his left eye, right page with his right eye and retains about 98% of it," said Kim's father, Fran Peek. He has an incredible brain with more than 30 areas of amazing cognitive ability, yet he needs his father's help with living everyday life. His brain has structural differences that defy explanation, yet may hold insights into how all of our brains store and retrieve information, experience music, and create.

Along with exhibiting displays of extraordinary mental ability, the Peeks preach a message about disability. Fran wants people to learn about accepting people who have differences. "Nobody is ever written off," said Barry Morrow, screenwriter of Rain Man. Kim belies the myth that people with disabilities can't achieve amazing growth.

Kim Peek 'The Real Rain Man'
Friday, October 30
7 p.m.
Smith Center, Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
(510) 659-6031


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