posted on Apr, 12 2010 @ 03:09 PM
Originally posted by Maddogkull
reply to post by togetherwestand
How can the brain rewire it's self when it has no new information to take in. It said "started" So you are telling me the brain magically
retained information she never learned in the first place. The article said she was fluent in german.
It is actually a well documented fact that after severe head trauma, coma, stroke, etc., that some people will change their accent. For instance, one
could be an American, and have a stroke, coma, head trauma, etc. and when they wake from said ailment, they are speaking in a German, or British, or
Irish, etc. accent.
Foreign accent syndrome is a rare medical condition involving speech production that usually occurs as a side effect of severe brain injury,
such as a stroke or a head injury, though two cases have been reported of individuals as a development problem. Between 1941 and 2009, there have
been sixty recorded cases. Its symptoms result from distorted articulatory planning and coordination processes.
If this is possible, who's to say that it couldn't go as far as picking up a new language overnight? Absence of evidence is not evidence of
absence. And obviously, if this story is legit, then that is really something, isn't it? It could be the first documented case of something, and it
will take a very open minded neurologist to figure out how this happened, and how the brain taught itself to speak in German practically overnight.
Just because you don't believe it to be true, doesn't make it false. We will have to wait and see what comes of this case.
Here is a case where a high functioning Autistic Savant learned Icelandic in a WEEK. This was documented on several news outlets. If you don't
know, Icelandic is the hardest language in the world to learn, and he was having fluent conversations with people who spoke Icelandic only a week
after starting to study it.
Once again, if this is possible, who are you to say that it is impossible for someone in a coma to have their brain re-wire itself and pick up German?
I think we should be more open to the possibilities, because it might help us understand better how our brains work.
Peace be with you.