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29 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 23 May 2008 08:51AM

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Comment author: ME3 23 May 2008 02:56:20PM 0 points [-]

Likewise the fact that the human brain must use its full power and concentration, with trillions of synapses firing, to multiply out two three-digit numbers without a paper and pencil.

Some people can do it without much effort at all, and not all of them are autistic, so you can't just say that they've repurposed part of their brain for arithmetic. Furthermore, other people learn to multiply with less effort through tricks. So, I don't think it's really a flaw in our brains, per se.