# Roots decimals

I think you are taking this too far.
Tammet is a fraud and all the reasons why this is can be found on this forum.

Using your abilities and learning is a honourable way of making the most of your talent.

And what if you don’t get classified?

First, it should be made clear that in no way Im an intelligent person, in a sense that, since my early childhood, I struggled very hard to achieve my education.

Now Im a Geography degree student, and it’s my passion. But, since last year I discovered in YouTube my fellow countryman Alberto Coto, I started to search about mental calculation.

I asked myself: can a person like me, who needed, until very recently, a calculator to get 115 + 36, build up itself non-innates qualities? I think yes!

Dont get me wrong: the gap between me (artificial non gifted calculator wannabe) and you (innate talent) is insurmountable. So my claim is not impress someone, but achieve little operations and here I discovered very useful strategies!!

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If I am on the spectrum then I am a savant. If I am not on the spectrum then I am still a prodigy, lol.

Don’t worry, I’m considering training my talents after a diagnose and perhaps participate in a competition but let’s see how everything goes.

Excellent! I am here to help if I can.

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If you have time, i am curious to hear your thoughts on this.

I think I understand what you are saying and it probably is more efficient but the thing is, I have never done that before lol. I noticed that I often prefer to calculate the longroute which is working from the bottom to the top, top being the answer. You suggested to overshoot, which is something I often struggle with because I don’t do that a lot.

When doing a multiplication like 746× 387, I often rather calculate 746×387 than 746×390 - (746×3) because I don’t have to adjust. My brain can add much quicker than subtract. When I have to subtract during a calculation it feels like going 200 km/s in a racecar and suddenly have to pull the brake and drive backwards. I don’t know if this is relatable but this is really what it feels like, lol.

It is!
I felt like that too, when I first tried it.
Then I forced myself to calculate like this and now it feels naturally.

I have written a lot about this in this forum btw, in case you want to know more.

I didn’t want exaggerate but if you really want to know, my abilities would be in the top 99,9999… I don’t know how many 9’s to write because I haven’t found anybody who is like me. Apparently, even people with an IQ of 160+ struggle to do 3 by 3 digit multiplications with pure their brain power, no aid. And here I am, doing 3 by 3 digit multiplications in seconds, so you can guess where that puts my abilities. This doesn’t mean I would score that high on every subtest, probably only on those related to memory and working memory. I probably would score average or slightly below average on subtests about words and languages, I am more of a numbers guy, haha