Every once in awhile a really interesting story comes along. Incredible as it sounds, a college dropout by the name of Jason Padgett endured a brutal mugging by attackers outside a karaoke club in Tacoma, Washington a decade ago. They kicked him in the head repeatedly and he felt like he was going to die from it. Well, not only did he survive the attack, but he also developed into a mathematical genius as a result. He is now able to turn formulas into intricate mathematical diagrams called “fractals.” He can actually produce a “visual” representation of Pi, the infinite mathematical constant that is measured as 3.14. To me, this is truly intriguing. If damage to a man’s head can literally make him a genius then that should bring us a step closer to figuring out other brain patterns of behavior. Hopefully this might help us to understand why “some” people engage in deviant behavior as well. When we label a person as “crazy” of “mentally deficient” we can’t visualize what that person may “see” or “hear.” The things that we see as “brown” might actually be “red” to them. We sometimes fail to fathom that their perception of this world may not be the same as ours. Often we sum their behavior as one of “choice” yet rarely do we take into consideration the circumstances that might have caused them to behave in that fashion. There have been known stories of “autistic” kids/people who were mathematical wizards while sorely lacking in most other social skills. I remember meeting one a long time ago. This kid was in elementary school, and yet he remembered “everyone’s” birth date and could even go as far as to tell you what day of the year it fell on. That was amazing to me. Our first instinct when someone does something wrong is to lock them up away from the rest of society, but if a brain malfunction is the actual cause for their deviance then shouldn’t scientists do more studies on brain patterns and their factors? If we could somehow get a grip on the functions of the brain we just might be able to make this world a much better place in the process. It is truly a shame that Mr. Padgett suffered through such a beating, but if product of that situation changed his world for the better then shouldn’t we at least “take notice?” I am not implying that we should now go out and start “beating people upside the head” (even though I think we all know of some individuals that sorely need it) in hopes of getting them to learn, but hopefully this incident will give us more insight into studying the “cause BEHIND the deed.” If somehow we can find a way to alleviate bad behavior by recognizing it before it starts then maybe we can find a way to “rehabilitate” as opposed to “incarcerate.” Of course, this is strictly my opinion, and as always I welcome any and all comments. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and I hope you have a truly “jolly” day.
Johnny Gill, Brett Jolly and Bobby Brown