Tuesday, 5 February 2008

The all-seeing ear

Last week I came across one of the most astonishing things I have seen in a while. It is about a teenage boy, who has been blind since he was only a few years old, but can see in his own way. He had his eyes removed after a severe case of cancer in his eyes as an infant.

This boy is now using his mouth to make a clicking sound, which is helping him to navigate in the world without his eyes. This is truly amazing and a proof of the unused resources of our brains, which can be utilised with the right training. Apparently he has refined this technique for many years; now it is making him able to avoid obstacles while riding his bike or skating on his inlines.

In some extra-ordinary manner his brain is able to "paint" him a picture of the surroundings by analyzing the echoes of these click sounds. Furthermore, he is also displaying a lust for life and a recentment towards being labelled as handicapped.

The videos in the links below are a documentary on this amazing boy.
Part 1 of 5
Part 2 of 5
Part 3 of 5
Part 4 of 5
Part 5 of 5

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