The Man with the Rewired Brain

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, December 13, 2016
  • In 2002, Jason Padgett was the victim of a vicious beating outside a karaoke bar in Tacoma, Washington. Upon regaining consciousness, Padgett’s sight was forever altered by a condition called acquired savant syndrome. The brain trauma opened his eyes to an entirely new world—one filled with patterns and strobes, like a stop-motion film. This is a fascinating story into the hidden power of the mind and one man’s inspiring tale of courage and personal triumph. The Acquired Savant is a film by Thomas Petersen.

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  • Great Big Story

     (Oct 15, 2018)

    Get ready for a brain teaser that will surely put your noggin' to the test. Put on your thinking cap and challenge your friends to a game of Cranium. you purchase this product, Great Big Story receives revenue. Everybody wins!)

  • Kick Struik

     (Feb 4, 2019)

    [✖️ ͜ ✖️]

  • KrtNeo

     (Jan 5, 2019)

    Nice pin your own comments to the top

  • New Message

     (May 22, 2018)

    I was doing so well with my diet... and now all I can think about is pie.

  • Isaac Davis

     (1 day ago)

    Oh boy what flavor

  • Devon Wingard

     (Feb 8, 2019)

    glad i found this comment before i watched the vid

  • Lost

     (Dec 21, 2018)

    EVERYTHING IS MATH Me: Panic Attack

  • toordog

     (Feb 9, 2019)

    ...and just fyi, panic attacks are in your head, that's what I see.... All you're doing is reacting to discomfort cause from excessive acid eating your esophagus. Next time you have this issue, try treating acid in your stomatch, I'll bet you your anxiety will stop immediately.

  • toordog

     (Feb 9, 2019)

    Panic Attack: I'm math.

  • Mikkel Hansen

     (Dec 10, 2018)

    They beat the stupid out of him..... Noice

  • Alina Nechiporenko

     (1 day ago)

    Starry You-a don’t-a get-a like today-a.

  • Starry

     (2 days ago)

    +Alina Nechiporenko (no offence) you-a don't-a get-a a-a like-a today-a buddy-a

  • Violet Thompson

     (Dec 7, 2018)

    I'm confused... He gained a great understanding of mathematics and then decided to sell futons.

  • CaneFu

     (Feb 10, 2019)

    +orhema oluga .... Thank you for being the one voice of reason on here.

  • Tiffany Black

     (Feb 9, 2019)

    +Adam Lolno hahaha yes.

  • Can we get 1000 subs for Kermit to survive

     (Dec 11, 2018)

    New goal: stand outside of karaoke bars hoping to become a genius.

  • Behailu Bezuneh

     (Dec 28, 2018)

    Ethiopia news

  • Shinkajo

     (Dec 23, 2018)

    Who gets mugged outside of karaoke bars? This guy I guess.

  • Will R

     (Sep 22, 2018)

    those first few days he had are basically my life

  • Sam Brisbane

     (Feb 8, 2019)

    Get weed and just dont give fuck about anything, we will die all one day anyway so try to enjoy as much you can.

  • Ramin Zeinali Lathori

     (Jan 20, 2019)

    Oh yeah yeah

  • Viktoras Ikasala

     (Dec 11, 2018)

    These "two guys" who thought : "let''s go teach him a lesson" ... Did a pretty good job, they tough him well, that's some epic lesson.

  • Slyceoak __

     (Jan 29, 2019)

    Ok this is epic

  • Orga Orca

     (Dec 19, 2018)

    Those two guys need to be hired by the top universities for their incredible prowess in "education"

  • 10kSubs WithoutAnyVideos

     (Dec 4, 2018)

    Plot twist: the people who jumped him were his tutors

  • Juan D

     (Dec 24, 2018)

    Plot Twist: He noticed he liked math

  • Daniel Southerland

     (Dec 4, 2018)

    So all of this “intelligence” is preprogrammed into the brain? That’s the real mystery. If so, that seems like a predisposition of knowledge. Where does it come from? And so what if I hit a person from ancient times in the head, would they have the same access to formulas that are modern and modern thinking and intelligence. Maybe we are in a matrix.

  • Rodrigo Ramirez

     (2 hours ago)

    I’m having the same type of situation as the guy in the video, and my life has started to get even more weird. I never really paid attention in school and I actually got held back.One day I was play boxing with some friends, i got hit pretty hard and went unconscious for like a split second. Then everything that this guy explained In the beginning of the video started happening including the OCD. Now I start to see more numbers shapes and patterns in everything, i started asking way more questions, I l...

  • OGUN

     (Feb 9, 2019)

    +Daniel Southerland What you are describing or asking for is what is called Akashic records or knowledge of the universe. Who ever designed us set a limit on our brain; we are not suppose to tap into such high capacity or we end up with the mind of a god so a limit was kept on us, especially intuition. Our brain volume, length and dense neural pathways needs to be a lot more to have access to such higher information (think alien heads or Elongated skulls). Think about it, if we designed a robot with...