About Orlando Serrell

The making of a genius.
What makes a genius? Do we all possess genius and fantastic mental abilities? Are those abilities laying dormant, trapped inside our brains? How can we tap into the genius caged in our minds? The answer to these questions may lay inside the mind of Orlando Serrell.
In January, 2003 Orlando was interviewed by the Discovery Channel. This video also includes footage of Orlando undergoing an MRI scan, and an interesting analysis of the results. [View Video]
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Source: Columbia University’s Functional MRI Research Center
Date: January 13, 2003

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"Just where does genius come from? Have you ever asked yourself that question? Genius can be mathematical or scientific, like Einstein, or it can be in the arts, like Mozart, and many other ways as well. Are these people simply born as geniuses? Are they just really smart, or is it that they have an ability to tap into something that the rest of us struggle with daily. Perhaps they are not as constrained as you and I, for some reason. Perhaps they are inspired -- "in spirit". And can this capability ever come to us common folk?"

"According to an extract from this article, Orlando Serrell did not possess any special skills until he was struck in the head by a baseball when he was 10. He has remembered where he was and what he was doing almost every day since."

Source: Reflections of Beauty
Date: September 24, 2006

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Snyder's [Allan Snyder, one of the world's most remarkable scientists of human cognition] theories are bolstered by the documented cases in which sudden brain damage has produced savant abilities almost overnight. He cites the case of Orlando Serrell, a 10-year-old street kid who was hit on the head and immediately began doing calendrical calculations of baffling complexity. Snyder argues that we all have Serrell's powers. ''We remember virtually everything, but we recall very little,'' Snyder explains. ''Now isn't that strange? Everything is in there'' -- he taps the side of his head. ''Buried deep in all our brains are phenomenal abilities, which we lose for some reason as we develop into 'normal' conceptual creatures. But what if we could reawaken them?''

Source: New York Times Magazine
Date: June 22, 2003

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