Scientific Phenomenon: Man Hit on Head Turns “Math Genius”
Alex Reid here with your Monday roundup.
I’ve heard it all and seen most.
Live long enough, and you’ll probably experience some type of injury.
It may be as small as a scraped knee as a child…
Or you may have undergone full-blown surgery.
But here’s a story for the books…
After a traumatic experience that left him with a severe concussion…
A furniture salesman from Tacoma, Washington became a math whiz overnight.
Not just any kind of math whiz though… Jason Padgett can “see shapes and angles everywhere in real life.”
Padgett’s experience, though terrifying, makes everything in his world appear to have a “mathematical structure.”
And he’s not alone.
This phenomenon is called savant syndrome. It’s when a normal person gets prodigious abilities after a severe injury.
For some, they could develop incredible artistic or musical abilities… Could you imagine turning into Beethoven or Picasso overnight?
I wouldn’t mind a bump against that head for that type of exchange!
Do You Want to Be “Struck by Genius”?
Padgett (along with Maureen Seaberg) published a memoir called “Struck by Genius.” While others have acquired savant syndrome, Padgett is even more rare… because very few have developed the mathematical powers that Padgett has.
Padgett is the first to admit, he “cheated on everything, and [he] never cracked a book.” He described himself as a jock and partier. And the farthest he progressed in math was pre-algebra.
So his transformation was not only sudden, but as drastic as day from night.
Padgett’s newfound abilities also includes an incredible mathematical drawing ability - one that a physicist caught wind of.
Neuroscientists too wanted to know how Padgett developed his keen abilities.
After looking at brain scans of Padgett’s brain… doctors found something interesting. And you can learn more about it right here.
The Rest of Us
So what does this freakishly amazing phenomenon mean for the rest of us? Is there a way we can hone a fraction of what’s happened to Padgett or those like him?
Dr. Berit Brogaard, who has studied Padgett’s brain, “It would be quite a coincidence if he were to have that particular special brain and then have an injury," she said. "And he's not the only [acquired savant].”
Is it possible… that these almost Godly abilities lie dormant in all of us?
Are we all just a bump over the head away from becoming a genius?
It’s something to think about.
But please don’t go intentionally harming yourself for the sake of becoming a genius overnight!
As always, stay safe.
You’ll be hearing from me soon.
To your health, Alex Reid
President, Longevity Insider HQ
P.S. Aside from adding Struck by Genius to your reading list… make sure you read The Longevity Equation too. Here’s more information on it right here.
To your health,