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From mullet to math genius after a concussion
New York Post ^ | April 20, 2014 | Susannah Cahalan

Posted on 04/25/2014 5:21:17 PM PDT by jsh3180

When Jason Padgett pours cream into his morning coffee, this is what he sees:

“I watch the cream stirred into the brew. The perfect spiral is an important shape to me. It’s a fractal. Suddenly, it’s not just my morning cup of joe, it’s geometry speaking to me.”

Padgett’s world is bursting with mathematical patterns. He is one of a few people in the world who can draw approximations of fractals, the repeating geometric patterns that are building blocks of everything in the known universe, by hand. Tree leaves outside his window are evidence of Pythagoras’ theorem. The arc that light makes when it bounces off his car proves the power of pi.

He sees the parts that make up the whole. And his world is never boring, never without amazement. Even his dreams are made up of geometry.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


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I found this article to be fascinating. I'm going to go beat myself in the head with a 2x4.
1 posted on 04/25/2014 5:21:17 PM PDT by jsh3180
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To: jsh3180
Let me know how that works out. LOL!!

/johnny

2 posted on 04/25/2014 5:23:11 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: jsh3180

This is so rare, it would be easier to get hit by lighting, for this to happen to anyone.

And I am a multi head injury pt. myself.


3 posted on 04/25/2014 5:25:41 PM PDT by TMSuchman (John 15;13 & Exodus 21:22-25 Pacem Bello Pastoribus Canes [shepard of peace,dogs of war])
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To: jsh3180

Yep, MIT students in the dorm are whacking each other with baseball bats as we speak.


4 posted on 04/25/2014 5:26:14 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Operating out of weakness? Imagine if he was working from a position of strength!)
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To: TMSuchman

We all have that ability in our minds. Some people are able to unleash the magic better than others.


5 posted on 04/25/2014 5:27:31 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: jsh3180

BFL


6 posted on 04/25/2014 5:28:51 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: jsh3180

Well, I used to have a mullet, so I figure I’m already halfway there.


7 posted on 04/25/2014 5:30:23 PM PDT by SIDENET
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

I must need another whack with that 2 x 4. What is BFL?


8 posted on 04/25/2014 5:31:39 PM PDT by jsh3180
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To: jsh3180

Thanks for posting - a glimpse into God’s greatest human creation, the human brain and mind!


9 posted on 04/25/2014 5:33:16 PM PDT by SES1066 (Quality, Speed or Economical - Any 2 of 3 except in government - 1 at best but never #3!)
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To: jsh3180

The article mentions Daniel Tammet who is autistic but a savant who loves Pi and numbers.
Daniel Tammet - The Boy With The Incredible Brain [1/5]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbASOcqc1Ss


10 posted on 04/25/2014 5:33:36 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: jsh3180
The human brain is an amazing...and mysterious...thing.There are documented cases of people who,after a head injury,seizure or stroke,wake up speaking a language they never spoke before.I used to work for a neuropathologist...fascinating stuff.I even got to hold a human brain in my hands once....an experience I'll never forget.
11 posted on 04/25/2014 5:33:41 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: jsh3180
I thought mullet was a useless fish that my dad dynamited in the San Diego sloughs and sold for chicken feed to buy the 2 1/2 acre property from the stage company after it was shut down when they built the railroad.
12 posted on 04/25/2014 5:34:26 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: jsh3180

LOL! I felt the same way!


13 posted on 04/25/2014 5:34:45 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: jsh3180

Bump for later.

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14 posted on 04/25/2014 5:35:16 PM PDT by Mears
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To: jsh3180

Bump for later. Whack ;^)


15 posted on 04/25/2014 5:35:23 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: jsh3180
During one of his meditations, he came to the conclusion that “circles don’t exist.”

So the author or editor found this sentence compelling enough to share in the article but then utters not one more peep about it?

16 posted on 04/25/2014 5:36:21 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Operating out of weakness? Imagine if he was working from a position of strength!)
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To: SIDENET

The mullet contained it. He, and we, were safe because of it’s protection. Now it is unleashed and he is free to use his powers for evil. NEVER ...EVER...cut a mullrt. You could inadvertently destroy the world.


17 posted on 04/25/2014 5:52:11 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: NonValueAdded
It's self-obvious the circles don't exist. At Planck lengths, the resolution breaks down and all you can get is straight lines.

Or something.

/johnny

18 posted on 04/25/2014 5:52:36 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: jsh3180

Quick, somebody hit on the head again so he can get back to playing video games and texting 10,000 times a day.


19 posted on 04/25/2014 5:54:19 PM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: JRandomFreeper

At Planck lengths, lines have no meaning.


20 posted on 04/25/2014 5:55:27 PM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: dangerdoc
See? That just proves it. (what exactly, I'm not quite sure)

/johnny

21 posted on 04/25/2014 5:58:38 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: jsh3180

After about the 15th beer, I pretty much am a genius.


22 posted on 04/25/2014 5:58:58 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: jsh3180
He is one of a few people in the world who can draw approximations of fractals, the repeating geometric patterns that are building blocks of everything in the known universe, by hand.

Fractals are not building blocks, atoms are. I don't know what it means to 'draw an approximation of a fractal'---I don't think the statement makes any sense.

23 posted on 04/25/2014 6:00:21 PM PDT by Cruising Speed
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To: JRandomFreeper

Well, yeah ... if you build your circles out of planks.


24 posted on 04/25/2014 6:21:11 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Operating out of weakness? Imagine if he was working from a position of strength!)
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To: Cruising Speed
In the sense that fractal equations are nowhere differentiable... they do get rather atom-like.

/johnny

25 posted on 04/25/2014 6:26:37 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I think my nose bled as I was typing that post.


26 posted on 04/25/2014 6:37:31 PM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: SES1066

The brain is not the mind. The brain is a tool of the mind, kind of like the frequency generator manipulated by someone desiring to produce electromagnetic waves.


27 posted on 04/25/2014 6:41:00 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: dangerdoc
And mine bled reading it.

We only covered a little bit of higher math and physics in culinary school.

I'm much better equipped by practical training to make a Bearnaise sauce, or do a vasectomy on your brother-in-law.

/johnny

28 posted on 04/25/2014 6:41:08 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: jsh3180

He looks a bit gay, now.


29 posted on 04/25/2014 6:58:03 PM PDT by BobL
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To: JRandomFreeper

Getting straight lines means you walk the Planck.


30 posted on 04/25/2014 7:11:25 PM PDT by Redcitizen (When a zombie apocalypse starts, Chuck Norris doesn't try to survive. The zombies do.)
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To: ansel12
After about 15 beers, you start looking cute, too...

/johnny

31 posted on 04/25/2014 7:14:16 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Cruising Speed
I don't know what it means to 'draw an approximation of a fractal'

Here you are: o

32 posted on 04/25/2014 7:16:25 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: Greysard
Up close, that looks a lot like great big square blocks....

/johnny

33 posted on 04/25/2014 7:23:09 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

What did the mountain man say to the cross country bicyclist when his bike broke down and he asked to spend the night?

He told the man it was just fine, and good timing, because that night there was going to be wild happenings, plenty of hard drinking, hard sex, hard fighting, and hard partying, the young man thought that was pretty exciting and asked the mountain man how man people were going to show up, and the mountain man said, well, it’s just gonna be me and you boy.


34 posted on 04/25/2014 7:28:53 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: ansel12
Ya know... I spent 2 years living the mid 1800s mountain man lifestyle without running water, commercial electricity...

I never had a bicyclist stop by, but 2 wild turkeys that camped out on my front porch wound up just a bunch of feathers.....

/johnny

35 posted on 04/25/2014 7:46:46 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Reminds me of Colonel Flagg on MASH. He looks at a dress wearing Klinger and says up close your a man. Klinger says, “Far away too.”


36 posted on 04/25/2014 7:49:22 PM PDT by taterjay
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To: SIDENET

I’m bald but Jason and I share the same surname, so I’m farther along. Algebra was my favorite subject. I took it five times.


37 posted on 04/25/2014 8:21:11 PM PDT by cyclotic (America's premier outdoor adventure association for boys-traillifeusa.com)
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To: dangerdoc

Of course they don’t. And they are pretty darned depressed over that.


38 posted on 04/25/2014 8:59:18 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: jsh3180

Fractals in the front, Pythagoras in the back.


39 posted on 04/25/2014 9:07:40 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: dalereed

We all thought that, Dale.


40 posted on 04/25/2014 9:44:23 PM PDT by coop71 (Being a redhead means never having to say you're sorry...)
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To: jsh3180; All

This is my **favourite** guy that is like the man in the article...he is an English man named Daniel Tammet

Here he is in a neat clip from a documentary where he learned Icelandic in a week...it’s very touching to me. Especially since he seems like such a sweet man:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb4lgOiHBZo

And this is a clip of him on the David Letterman show where he explains his “condition” and how it may have been brought on by epileptic seizures and his autism. He also talks about memorizing pi to 22,000+ digits for charity:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb4lgOiHBZo


41 posted on 04/25/2014 10:27:36 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Jack Hydrazine

lol...I didn’t see your post. I just posted about him. Came across him on YouTube a few years ago. Very sweet man with incredible mind.


42 posted on 04/25/2014 10:28:45 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Jack Hydrazine; jsh3180

Then about the same time I came across Tammet, I also learned about this guy...he can paint/draw Rome to very precise detail (and other cities) after only a helicopter ride.

Steven Wiltshire:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVqRT_kCOLI


43 posted on 04/25/2014 10:34:03 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: JRandomFreeper

You invited them to dinner?


44 posted on 04/26/2014 6:22:12 AM PDT by GreenLanternCorps (Hi! I'm the Dread Pirate Roberts! (TM) Ask about franchise opportunities in your area.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
At Planck lengths, the resolution breaks down and all you get is straight lines. Or something

I'd go with tiny little segments approaching one point in length. Amazing that those Greek dudes in togas had it all figured out and gave us "pi".

People who see the world in patterns are not all that rare. It's cool that a concussion could charge up those batteries and have a person see the world as it is.

45 posted on 04/26/2014 6:32:03 AM PDT by grania
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