Extraordinary Minds

August 11, 2013
(was 12.02.2012)

Extraordinary Minds

Certain brain disorders can lead to remarkable insights....even genius. We'll peer into the world of autistic savants and dyslexics, and contemplate our cyborg future, when our brains merge with tiny, embedded computers. Also, one of the most fascinating investigations of consciousness: Stanislav Grof's pioneering study of LSD.

  1. Daniel Tammet, Savant Life

    Daniel Tammet has memorized the number pi into the tens of thousands of digits.  He's learned new languages in a few weeks.  He describes the gift - and the burden - of being an autistic savant.

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  2. Darold Treffert on Extraordinary Brains

    Psychiatrist Darold Treffert regards savants as "islands of genius."  He talks about a lifetime of studying savant syndrome.

    You can also listen to the EXTENDED interview, and read the extended transcript.

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  3. Aubrey Ralph on Schizophrenia

    Aubrey Ralph is an audio engineer and radio producer. He's also bipolar. Having a mental illness has made him acutely aware of how schizophrenics can shape and distort reality.

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  4. Stanislav Grof on Non-Ordinary Consciousness

    Long before Timothy Leary's study of LSD, psychiatrist Stanislav Grof launched his own investigation of psychedelics.  Since then he's devoted his life to exploring non-ordinary states of consciousness.

    You can also listen to the EXTENDED interview, and read the extended transcript.

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  5. Maryanne Wolf on The Reading Brain

    Some of the world's most celebrated scientists and artists have been dyslexic.  Cognitive scientist Maryanne Wolf says dyslexia can be a gift, but schools must learn how to teach dyslexics to read.

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  6. Ray Kurzweil on Our Cyborg Future

    Ray Kurzweil believes we'll soon have tiny computers embedded in our brains.  He says we're on the verge of a new era in evolution - a fusion of biology and machine technology.

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