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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