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Today's Big Idea: Brain Power

The Big Idea for Sunday, April 15, 2012

A neurologist who, according to scientific consensus, should never have been able to see in three dimensions "rewires" her brain and learns to see the world in three dimensions. New eye-tracking technology allows artists to “draw” with their eyes when unable to do so with their hands. Even something as comparatively mundane as learning a new language can expand the depth and texture of your perception. Wish you could read someone's mind? See with X-ray vision? The technology exists for that too. Today we're examining the power of the human brain, asking, What can happen when we believe that anything is possible?  


  1. 1 The First Time I Saw in Three Dimensions
    Megan Erickson Think Tank
  2. 2 Artistic Vision: EyeWriter Technology Allows Paralyzed Artist to Draw
    Bob Duggan Picture This
  3. 3 X-Ray Vision and Telepathy Already Exist
    Michio Kaku Dr. Kaku's Universe
  4. 4 Why Speaking Two Languages Improves Self-Control
    Sandra Aamodt

Today's Big Idea: Brain Power

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