Ingenious Minds

This television series gives an in depth look at the lives of savants. It examines how those who were thought to be mentally challenged are actually brilliant geniuses at doing certain things. Many of the savants they interview have had wildly successful careers in the arts and sciences.

Thursdays at 10:00 pm on Science Channel
1 Season, 6 Episodes
February 17, 2011
Documentary & Biography
Cast: Rex Lewis-Clack, Jon Sarkin, Derek Amato, Alonzo Clemons
Ingenious Minds

Ingenious Minds Full Episode Guide

  • In 2010, Temple Grandin was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine. She has changed how the 70 billion dollar beef industry treats animals, and she's changing the way people think about autism.

  • Alonzo Clemons can't read, write or drive a car, but he can see an animal, even for a split-second, and create an incredibly accurate sculpture in mere minutes. Alonzo meets with neurologists at the Mayo Clinic to see how brain damage can actually improve brain function for just one skill.

  • Robert Gagno is a young man with autism and a peculiar talent: he is one of the top-ranked pinball players in the world. He journeys to the Mayo Clinic to meet with a neurologist to examine how his brain is hard-wired for pinball wizardry.

  • John Robison is an accomplished mechanical engineer and a savant with Asperger's Syndrome. Cutting-edge Harvard research is hoping to help John overcome the social difficulties Asperger's presents by increasing his ability to empathize.

  • Derek Amato is one of the world's only acquired savants after a brain injury left him with the amazing ability to play piano, an instrument he had never played before. But now the music never stops.

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