Geniuses Among Us

Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species? | Video on TED.com.
If the brain is really evolving as Juan Enriquez believes it may be, we may be in the midst of many geniuses in specialized areas, most of whom haven’t yet been identified. Claims of mental abilities we scoff at may have some real basis. Now, Rodriguez discusses specifically the increases in autism and schizophrenia and other ways of channeling information, but I’m thinking of a spectrum of evolving abilities. Abilities we have relegated to the fringe element may not be so strange. If Temple Grandin and Daniel Tammet can see words as pictures, figures as colors, and build visual landscapes for ideas (among other amazing abilities) and other people can remember every detail of their lives, or memorize hundreds of books, or count every match falling from a box of them before they hit the floor, maybe some other people can truly do what they claim. Maybe we have not only synesthetes among us, but true empaths. Maybe abilities such as long-distance observing and event forecasting are not paranormal actitivities but simply highly accurate analyses of known and conjectured data–the actions of rare minds functioning in ways we don’t yet understand..

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3 Responses to Geniuses Among Us

  1. Kristine says:

    I have no doubt that there are unrecognized geniuses and powers in our midst. I haven’t read it, but Malcolm Gladwell’s “Blink” is about how we make decisions without thinking (or in many ways what we call intuition), some of us more effectively than others. And I certainly can’t imagine how we can believe radio and microwaves and cellular waves are transferring information all around us, and not find it highly possible that our brains could be wired to read them!

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    • rmkinder says:

      Thanks for the thoughtful response. I agree with you. And now, I must read Gladwell’s Blink. If you can post your comments also at http://www.rmkinder.com, I would appreciate it.

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    • Jim Taylor says:

      Those different types of electromagnetic waves require highly specialized, individualized receivers to make any sense of the signals–receivers that were invented by human beings for the specific purpose of detecting them and extracting the information that is put into them according to a very specific “code.” You can’t pick up microwaves or cell phone transmissions on an AM radio; for that matter, you can’t even pick up FM on an AM radio–even if your AM radio could pick up the signal (which it’s not designed to do), it couldn’t extract the information from it because of the particular way that information is embedded in the wave (the same holds true for an FM radio trying to pick up AM). It’s true that sometimes there’s a little overlap (like picking up the audio from TV channel 6 on an FM radio), but both receivers are designed to detect and decode in the same range in the same way. Our brains may well be affected by all these electromagnetic waves (probably adversely), but certainly weren’t “wired” to “read” the information encoded in them.

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