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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, May 1, 2014:
The human brain is full of mysteries and potential which we are just beginning to understand. On occasion we get glimpses into its workings in unexpected ways. Such is the case with Jason Padgett, a young man more interested in partying and bungee jumping than in anything academic. But after he suffered severe brain trauma and injury in a mugging, Jason developed a profound ability in math and physics. His brain now pictured the world for him in radically different ways. He began to draw incredibly complex geometrical patterns illustrating mathematical concepts he saw in the world around him. Some feel that he is living proof of the genius potential exists in us all.
His story is told in a new book titled, Struck by Genius, How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel. Today on Smart Talk our guest will be the co-author of the book, Maureen Seaberg. Like Jason, Maureen has a form of synesthesia, and blogs about the subject for Psychology Today. Her synesthesia involves seeing colors associated with letters and music. Her first book described her experiences with the phenomenon, Tasting the Universe. Maureen Seaberg is also a member of Mensa, a non-profit organization open only to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised IQ test.
Also on the program, a discussion with Kevin Lehman, founder of Lancaster Creative Factory about some of his projects, including ArtSmart, which engages at-risk youth in the visual arts to help them develop self-expression.
Below you can see a time lapse video created by Jason Padgett of one of his drawings as described in the book.
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