People who became geniuses after being hit on the head

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People who became geniuses after being hit on the head
People who became geniuses after being hit on the head

People who became geniuses after being hit on the head.


Most of us dream of waking up one day and discovering a new talent, skill or knowledge of a foreign language. Some have experienced this in reality. One of them is Jason Padgett.

Jason Padgett: Mathematics and Physics

Dropout in high school, Jason worked in his father's furniture store, and disappeared at night parties. Until one day he was hit in the head and the 31-year-old suddenly became a genius in physics and mathematics.

Jason was diagnosed with savant syndrome (savantism), in which trauma to the brain can suddenly give the sufferer unexpected talents in mathematics, the visual arts, or music.

Padgett, 43, is one of the few people in the world capable of freehand drawing of fractals - self-similar geometric shapes with a huge number of repeating links. It takes Jason weeks or even months to create one fractal.


Orlando Serrell: Calendar Computing

While playing baseball, 10-year-old Orlando Serrell was knocked down by a blow to the head with a ball. The boy did not tell his parents about this, and the doctors did not examine him.

For a whole year, Orlando suffered from incessant headaches. When the pains finally stopped, the boy discovered an amazing ability: he could accurately name the day of the week by date.

In general, any calculations related to the calendar, Serrell performs in the blink of an eye. He can instantly name the number of days between any two dates, or, for example, how many times during 1000 years March 12 fell on Thursday.


Tommy McHugh: poetry and visual arts

A former prisoner, 51-year-old Tommy McHugh managed to survive after two subarachnoid brain hemorrhages in 2001.

Damage to the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain caused Tommy to constantly rhyme words and paint pictures. When the canvases ran out, McHugh began painting the walls of his house.

Tommy McHugh

I feel a kind of femininity in me. My head is now full of rhymes, pictures and different images.


Tony Chikoria: music

Orthopedic surgeon Tony Chikoria was struck by lightning in 1994 while walking in the park. A nearby nurse managed to save his life, and Dr. Chikoria's health gradually recovered.

Soon, the doctor discovered an inexplicable desire to listen to classical music on the piano, and then play himself. At the same time, until then, Chikoria never came close to any musical instrument.

He began buying sheet music, taught himself to play the piano on his own, and then began composing complex pieces of music.


Alonzo Clemons: sculpture

As an infant, Alonzo Clemons suffered a serious head injury after falling to the bathroom floor.

With an IQ of 40 and unable to read or write, he grew up in an orphanage for children with disabilities.

From an early age, he demonstrated an amazing talent for sculpture. As soon as he saw an animal for even a few seconds, he immediately sculpted it from scrap materials, for example, from soap.

Now 56-year-old Alonzo is a renowned American sculptor whose work sells for tens of thousands of dollars.


Ben McMahon: Chinese

When Ben McMahon fell into a coma after a car accident, his parents feared that he might never get out of it.

However, a week later the Australian student came to his senses - and spoke in Chinese, more precisely in its Mandarin Chinese dialect.

Ben McMahon, 22

Everything is in a fog, I only remember that when I woke up and saw a Chinese nurse, I immediately thought that I was in China.As if in a dream, I suddenly spoke Chinese.

Prior to that, Ben was taking a basic Chinese course at school, but did not complete it. In the end, he managed to remember English words again, but his unexpected ability for Chinese did not disappear.

Ben currently works as a guide to Australia for Chinese tourists and hosts a TV show in Chinese for immigrants.


Lachlan Connors: the musical prodigy

Lachlan Connors, much to the chagrin of his mother, had no ear for music since childhood. He could not even play the dog waltz on the piano.

But the teenager was fond of sports, which led twice to serious concussions while playing lacrosse. After that, Lachlan began to have epileptic seizures and hallucinations, so he had to say goodbye to contact sports.

Brain injuries, however, led to an unexpected side effect: 17-year-old Connors suddenly discovered the ability to play various musical instruments with little or no effort.

Experts believe that the teenager probably has epileptic seizures similar to those experienced by the great composer and virtuoso Frederic Chopin throughout his life.

The teenager, who a couple of years ago, "a bear stepped on his ear," now plays 13 different musical instruments, including the piano, guitar, ukulele and harmonica.


Daniel Tammett: mathematics

Having experienced an epileptic seizure at the age of three, Daniel Tammett became obsessed with numbers.

At school, he won prizes in mathematics, but his unusual abilities were only discovered at the age of 25. Specialists diagnosed Tammett with high-functioning autism with savant syndrome, which allowed him to literally juggle with numbers.

So, for example, he correctly named 22,514 digits in pi within 5 hours and 9 minutes. He also speaks 10 languages, including Icelandic, which Daniel has learned by argument over the course of a week.

Daniel, 35, describes the mental computation process as follows:

When I multiply two numbers, I see them in the form of two pictures. Then the image begins to change and develop, and suddenly a third appears. This is the answer. I calculate, almost without thinking about it, just imagining pictures in my mind.

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