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(The Atlantic)   When a blow to the head creates a sudden genius   (theatlantic.com) divider line 35
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2012-05-17 03:13:17 PM  
"Meh."
cache.deadspin.com
 
2012-05-17 03:36:59 PM  
"I'm saying, sometimes you get a knock on the head, you get
special powers. It happens all the time. Read a comic book, OK?"


i.ytimg.com
 
2012-05-17 04:04:17 PM  
Adventures in brain damage


/99.9% of the time hitting it does not make the brain work better

//unless you are the Fonz

///yes i am old, get off my lawn
 
2012-05-17 04:19:25 PM  
That's why I smack my kids.
 
2012-05-17 04:22:49 PM  
So does a lack of sex, apparently. But only for men.
 
2012-05-17 04:23:19 PM  
blog.eloqua.com

/Back in time
 
2012-05-17 04:33:30 PM  
I had a different blow and head in mind...
 
2012-05-17 04:36:06 PM  
With how many blows my head has taken, I would have expected to more smarter now.

Wrong head?
 
2012-05-17 04:36:29 PM  
Made me think of this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cenn_F%C3%A1elad_mac_Ailella
 
2012-05-17 04:51:46 PM  
Seems plausible enough. A temporal lobe injury could turn you into a spiritual guru, so why couldn't another part of your brain produce a similar case in a different genre?
 
2012-05-17 04:58:28 PM  
Is this why football players and boxers have significantly higher IQs than everyone else?
 
2012-05-17 05:03:32 PM  
i.imgur.com

Yeah, apocryphal. I know...
 
2012-05-17 05:11:17 PM  
I saw a documentary on Derek Amato. Poor guy actually has to interrupt parts of his daily life to sit down at the piano and play. Like, he has to, as an unstoppable compulsion, or else he gets extremely anxious and disjointed. He also made mention of a constant stream of black and white shapes moving across his vision, that psychologists have determined must correspond to the piano keys he plays. Each gift comes at a price, I suppose.
 
2012-05-17 05:18:13 PM  
Much love for Eadweard Muybridge!
 
2012-05-17 05:19:35 PM  
Makes sense. After all, a boot to the head reveals the enlightened truth of Tai Kwan Leap.
 
2012-05-17 05:23:41 PM  
mah bruther once got hes head hurt, now he has de hificulty passin' thuh salt
 
2012-05-17 05:58:59 PM  
I can't believe the article actually quoted Assasin's Creed as an example of fiction using the theme of genetic memory.
 
2012-05-17 06:00:30 PM  

Son of Thunder: Makes sense. After all, a boot to the head reveals the enlightened truth of Tai Kwan Leap.


Enlightenment, yeah yeah how long does that take?
 
2012-05-17 06:04:01 PM  

highendmighty: Seems plausible enough. A temporal lobe injury could turn you into a spiritual guru, so why couldn't another part of your brain produce a similar case in a different genre?


The fascinating part is that people can learn things they've never been taught. Which lends credence to ideas of genetic memory. Something that many people would brush aside along with accounts of past live memories and new age collective consciousness ideas. It's crazy to think about how the world would change if they could really open up that vast reservoir of intelligence accrued over millions of years. Hurry up future!
 
2012-05-17 06:05:17 PM  
I like the article, but i think the genetic memory is really wrong. I think it is more that your subconscience has learned or absorbed these things along the way but theyre dismissed as unimportant in our nightly defrag called REM.

Its already been proven that we learn things in our sleep from the events of the day, that our subconscience catches alot more that we realize, so why the leap to its genetic is beyond me. Hair is brown or black for a reason, you can practice and learn to draw, you can practice to have blond hair.....
 
2012-05-17 06:26:19 PM  
allthingsclassicfilm.files.wordpress.com

Peer reviewer.
 
2012-05-17 06:45:28 PM  
SON OF A biatch - NOW I'M DEAF
 
2012-05-17 06:50:21 PM  
Why would this surprise anybody?

Brain Damage == Impairment of logical abilities

Impairment of logical abilities == Greater freedom of thought

Greater freedom of thought == Increased creativity (abstract expression) and inventiveness (mechanical speculation)

This is why LSD and other drugs have played large roles in the world of arts.... and perhaps why those same people often have a fundamental lack of common sense and reason in other areas.


It is humanity's curse and blessing that all of us, at some level, are mentally flawed.
 
2012-05-17 06:50:34 PM  
I can hear, and I can see!

But who am I?????
 
2012-05-17 07:20:34 PM  

gameshowhost: SON OF A biatch - NOW I'M DEAF


LMFAO.
 
2012-05-17 07:29:14 PM  
Mike Tyson.
 
2012-05-17 08:24:55 PM  

dehehn: The fascinating part is that people can learn things they've never been taught.


i4.ytimg.com

Henri Bergson. I never even heard of him.
 
2012-05-17 08:49:58 PM  
sharetv.org
Way ahead of the curve.
 
2012-05-17 10:57:40 PM  
it made me a mean, ill tempered, violent person with a good chance of early onset dementia (if indeed i'm not already there)

i don't like it. no, sir, i don't.
 
2012-05-18 12:07:39 AM  
By that logic a kick in the nuts should create a porn star.
 
2012-05-18 12:25:12 AM  
I'm the sudden genius too when my head gets a creative blow...
 
2012-05-18 05:34:34 AM  
*WHACK*
"DO YOUR HOMEWORK!"

instant genius
 
2012-05-18 08:22:39 AM  

Magnanimous_Spirit: Son of Thunder: Makes sense. After all, a boot to the head reveals the enlightened truth of Tai Kwan Leap.

Enlightenment, yeah yeah how long does that take?


So, like what? An hour or so?
 
2012-05-18 08:32:53 AM  
insert <stinger from Teenage Caveman> here
 
2012-05-18 01:15:07 PM  
Magnanimous_Spirit
I like the article, but i think the genetic memory is really wrong

Same. Was enjoying the article until the author hit his head and started writing nonsense. I mean, it's not even wrong. It's gibberish.

FTFACould genes be more than a way to pass on physical traits? Could they, in fact, also be used to transmit knowledge from one generation to another?

Genes most definitely transmit information from one generation to another. You can call it 'knowledge' being stored in 'genetic memory', but that only makes sense in terms of the persistence of information since the beginning of life on earth (i.e. a more inclusive use of the terms). That is, why would anyone think that acquired information could be encoded in real-time into our DNA? Such an operation would be immensely complicated. We have no known mechanism to perform such an action, certainly not across millions of cells. How would that information be transmitted from a brain to cells? The entirety of the information content of our genes is almost nothing compared to the potential content of our brains. Our DNA doesn't even appear to change throughout our lives. No part of this claim makes sense. In fact, the complexity of such an operation is precisely why complex brains developed in the first place.. so that we could store and retrieve information in real-time. If DNA could perform such operations, our brains would have been much less necessary.

I don't even see how "Dude gets genius-ified and figures out how to play the piano" hints at "Piano playing is encoded in our genes!". The piano is conceptually simple. Keys are mapped to tones. You learn to map your finger movement to keys. So, you map your fingers to tones. The difficulty is in practice, technique, and coordination, not in figuring out how it works. I know lots of people that picked up instruments, such as guitar, and figured out how to play them on their own.

Now, if you take a hermit who has never heard music or seen an instrument, hit him on the head, and find him performing modern music on a piano a few days later... then I'll say that something strange is happening.
 
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