COSTA MESA, CALIF. HC — COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Masoud Karkehabadi is dazzled by the mysteries of the brain, excited at the thought of a career spent unraveling its intricacies. The pre-med student knows he has the mind for it: He tutors other students in algebra and upper-division anatomy.
But it's the childhood fantasies of "Peter Pan" that bring fire to his eyes.
At 10 years old, Masoud is a genius wrapped in the body of a boy.
His IQ rests somewhere above 200, and as a sophomore at Orange Coast College he carries a class load twice as heavy as the average student. Yet he has never attended a formal elementary or high school.
He climbs trees, sings along to MTV and often slips into his own mind to rerun "Peter Pan." At times his eyes grow wide and blank as the movie begins to play somewhere in the recesses of his brain, and he recites each character's line -- precisely -- as he mimics their actions.