Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Stephen Hawking has been known to take his chair to the dance floor with the fly girls.

A friend's self-conscious musing on her brainpower led me down a road of rambling thoughts.

Barbara Streisand has never learned how to read music ... never, Einstein didn't speak till 9 years old and couldn't read/write till 14, Churchill had a learning disability, Robert Schumann had terminal depression and a brain that created too many pathways: he was institutionalized because he reached a point where every sequence of sounds became an unwritten melody that was lost forever. Some people have naturally high blood pressure, while others have blood that carries 1.5x's more oxygen, thus acting like a third lung. Some people can calculate numbers without calculators, and others have eidetic memories.
Rita Carter has an interesting read on super-specialized brilliance.