Could a brain injury unlock an unknown talent? A look at the phenomenon of the “acquired savant”:
It sounds like science fiction. But the reality may be even more outlandish. Now that scientists understand how savant syndrome occurs, new research is turning to the underlying origins of the special abilities themselves. Most of it remains a mystery — a loose collection of questions more than anything resembling answers. For example, how is it that somebody like Derek Amato, who’d never demonstrated any musical talent before hitting his head at the bottom of a pool, could suddenly handle jazz and classical pieces of astounding complexity without training? How is it that someone can suffer a stroke and wake up later only to discover that their English is tinged with a foreign accent?
I’m such a nerd. :( I just spent the past 20 minutes composing the longest comment on the page for the article in rebuttal to commenters who will probably never see it. I should stick to writing fiction.
Programs are born wearing masks. At first the masks are small, transparent, and soft to the touch. By the time the program grows into his or her suit and skin the mask is glass and can retract, nesting around the shoulders. This is natural: it comes standard.
Programs learn to recognize one another with their faces hidden relatively quickly. They use the masks often, after all: riding vehicles, fixing lines of code, fighting in the disk battles that offer the exhilaration of throwing one’s own soul around. Programs like Beck and Brody learn to recognize one another through posture, through ease of movement or length of leg, when they are young. It’s rare that a mask really hides anything. You can guess a lot about a person from how they walk and whether they hold their chin up. (“How do you know he’s handsome?” “I just think he might be.”)
This is why Beck’s thoughts stall when he sees Tron’s scars. Beck is fearless, a risk-taker, made to put his hands into the workings of machinery that might go off at any second. He is a mechanic because he was programmed to be. This is why his job feels like his home. But some of that instinct is disrupted when he sees Tron, because the red-lit mask his hero stalked behind had given absolutely nothing away. Caught in a potent mix of adoration and fear, Beck chooses, for once, flight over fight.
Oho!! I LOVE your take … that Beck doesn’t just blindly follow. That he recognizes Tron as a threat - and is not yet sure that it’s reserved solely for the “bad guys”. What a great foreshadowing of what Rinzler will be … and I love the idea that what’s incapacitated Tron isn’t anything static. That maybe he’s managed to fight it to a stalemate, but that’s all he’s managed to do, and why he hasn’t been able to do much more after that. Great job!
People follow NapoldeInLove because he/she is tsundere and likes shiritori.
… b-baka! It’s not as if I cared about the results!
People follow ctrlaltderezz because he/she is yandere and likes balls.
… I’m just gonna let that sink in. XD
People follow stalkingbit because he/she is nice and has a thigh fetish.
…Can’t really argue with that!
I saw this earlier but couldn’t figure out where to go for the meme-thing (also, I cracked up bad at all o’ ya’s). But luckily, Winzler IM’ed it to me out of the blue, and it then resulted in the following:
me: “People follow dragonwarden because he/she is successful and likes girls’ love.”
me: what the
me: I like this one better: “People follow dw-t because he/she is a bishoujo and destroys statues.”