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Newton’s Law: If an apple hits you on the head it can rewire your genetic circuitry, creating a savant

| August 16, 2012

Getting smacked in the head is no picnic, as most football players, hockey players, and boxers would attest. Debilitating side effects such as headaches, memory loss, depression, and fatigue can swiftly follow suit. Moreover, recent research has shown that just a single brain trauma can precipitate the development of Alzheimer’s Disease later in life. But, in rare cases, a mild to severe head injury can cause one to develop extraordinary, almost superhuman abilities. It’s a condition called acquired savant syndrome.

Now, before you go running for the nearest baseball bat with the intention of jarring your brain into a state of genius, know that the condition only has been documented a mere thirty times. Chances are, bashing your head will only leave you with a goose egg.

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