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A “Savant” is a person of unusual and exceptional ability. Previously called the “idio-savant” because most savants were severely handicapped and unable to function outside of their “special” talent or ability, this term has been adjusted to simply “savant”.

While most savants are born that way, there have been instances of those who through some physical accident gained unusual abilities. Also, the pervious term was considered to pejorative and politically incorrect.

While savants do have skills and abilities far above the average person, it is perhaps the juxtaposition of their limitations to their exceptional abilities that exaggerates their talents. Many people could accomplish the same things but they would have to work diligently for a long time to reach the same level of competence.

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