Many people will link a potential savant as someone with autism. Neil Peart was the drummer for Rush and many believe that he has a high-functioning form of autism because of the clues he provides. He is a social recluse who reads a great deal and is a genius with a musical instrument. Of course, this could mean that he likes his privacy, enjoys reading as a pastime and took the time to learn to play percussion at a master’s level. The autism talk is complete speculation on the part of some fans and is meant as a compliment.