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It is said that many famous artists and composers, like Claude Monet and Mozart, possibly had eidetic memory. However, Dr. Marvin Minsky, in his book The Society of Mind, claims to have been unable to verify claims of eidetic memory (see sections 15.3 & 15.6) and considers reports of eidetic memory to be an "unfounded myth".
The Guinness Book of Records nevertheless lists people with extraordinary memories. For example, Hideaki Tomoyori correctly recited the first 40,000 decimals of pi in March 1987, and on November 3, 1994, Tom Groves memorized the order of cards in a randomly shuffled 52-card deck in 42.01 seconds.
There have been some cases where young children have demonstrated the ability to focus on a picture and then recall it with perfect clarity minutes later. However, these skills are usually lost as they grow older.
Eidetic memory in fiction
This is a partial list (fictional characters with eidetic memory appear in parentheses):
- "Funes, the Memorious", a short story written by Jorge Luis Borges (Funes)
- Starman Jones, a novel written by Robert A. Heinlein (Max Jones)
- Beyond This Horizon, a novel written by Robert A. Heinlein
- Stranger in a Strange Land, a novel written by Robert A. Heinlein (Valentine Michael Smith, as well as Fair Witnesses Anne (no last name) and James Cavendish).
- The Dark Crusader, a novel written by Alistair MacLean (John Bentall)
- Digital Fortress, a novel written by Dan Brown (Susan Fletcher)
- The Book of the New Sun, a series of novels written by Gene Wolfe (Severian)
- My Idea of Fun, a novel written by Will Self
- For Kings and Planets, a novel written by Ethan Canin
- Small Gods, a novel written by Terry Pratchett (Brutha)
- Red Dragon, a novel written by Thomas Harris (Will Graham)
- Quantum Leap, a television program created by Donald Bellisario (Samuel Beckett)
- the Cardassian culture in the various Star Trek series (especially in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
- Star Trek Voyager, a television program created by Gene Roddenberry (Kes, Seven of Nine)
- Good Will Hunting, a film directed by Gus Van Sant (Will Hunting)
- Palace and The Eyes of God , novels written by Katharine Kerr and Mark Kreighbaum (Vida L'Var)
- The Chosen, a novel written by Chaim Potok (Daniel Saunders)
- Fillmore!, a Disney cartoon show. (Ingrid Third)
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