posted on Apr, 29 2012 @ 01:55 AM
6 People Who Gained Amazing Skills from Brain
(article from Cracked.com, of all places...)
While all six of these examples are amazing, the guy who started drawing intricate fractal images after his head injury is something else;
Hand drawn - after a blow to the head. Now, where's that ball-peen hammer...?
I think these head injuries remove the interference
with such high-level calculations (whether in math, art, music, etc.), instead allowing
portions of the brain such as the visual cortex to take a larger role in such abstract thought. The visual cortex is highly developed to deal with
complex math at a sub-conscious level - just to coordinate hand-eye movement, for instance, or to calculate the trajectory of a falling object.
There's a small movement in teaching called "math visualization" that tries to tap into the visual cortex's ability to handle complex math and channel
it with direction from the cognitive portion of the brain. Perhaps "interference" isn't the correct term to use, rather the frontal cortex is great at
cognition and gives us our sense of self, but the larger non-cognitive (i.e., subconscious) portion of our brain handles all sorts of muscle
coordination, sound and visual coordination, etc., as well as highly complex calculations routinely, and is just waiting to be tapped into by that
small frontal lobe of our brains. We really do have two brains in our head, and sometimes that larger, silent part is just begging to express itself,
if only that loud, sometimes obnoxious id of the frontal lobe would let it.
edit on 29-4-2012 by Blackmarketeer because: (no reason