Thursday, May 24, 2012

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants...

"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."
~ Sir Isaac Newton, 1676
My view may be a bit different from others.  Yes, I do believe that we stand on the shoulders of giants.  But it is my experience that everybody is a giant to somebody else.  Wisdom, ingenuity, sincerity, life experience...we each contain "information through observation" if you will.   I have been contemplating the life of Kim Peak, the real "Rain Man" that the movie was written about.  I am amazed with AgCC, how each one of us is still born with unique skills abilities and weaknesses.  

Because of his AgCC Kim was able to read a book with two eyes.  Let me explain.  He would read the left page with his left eye, right with his right eye, and remember 100% of what he read, all while doing it in roughly 1/10th the time it would take an "average" or "normal" person.  Yet he was in some ways profoundly developmentally disabled.  Autism did not quite fit him.  He loved to engage people, was emotive, genuine, yet could not survive without the help of his father who was by his side all of his life.    In my view he is a giant.  Scientists have learned so much by studying his condition.  It is my hope that I can play a small part in this.  I'm seriously considering donating my brain at death to one of the greater Universities doing AgCC research.  

I'm no Rain Man, but like everyone I do have unique abilities.  It is just that I've not recognized them all yet, because I've been weighed down by society's insistence that I think, talk, behave just like every one else, when frankly that's not possible.  

The study of the Corpus Callosum is bearing out some interesting observations.  It seems that the CC might be responsible for far more than "simply" allowing the right and left sides to communicate.  In some way it enables all of the higher cognitive faculties to work at speeds and depths improbable or impossible without it...

In the near future I will be talking about a respected national publication coming out with an article in depth on AgCC, in which I will be interviewed.  I feel obliged to not speak of it until its actual publication.  Having said that, I'm excited to be able to share with the world what it is like living with this congenital brain defect.  Interesting at best, Dante's 7th level of hell at worst, but usually somewhere in the middle of that these days.   

I'm grateful to live in a time where they can even study such a thing as this abnormality and see what they can learn about the brain and behavior.  While I fully believe I've lived before, and will live again, in another body, when this one gets old, it will be discarded like an old tattered dress, as the Bhagavad Gita says...I could not imagine living in the dark times with this.  In fact, while this disability is never easy, I envy those that are younger than me, and know of it, being proactive and effective to improve their quality of life...I didn't know that AgCC was at the foundation of all my issues until 4 years ago.  The most empowering thing in my entire life to date was being given the diagnoses, what I'd lived with, and intuitively knew "something was wrong" (um, so did the doctors), but no one knew what it was, the big AHAAA!

~Just Joe
~may all beings be happy and free

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