...or; Never give up. Never surrender!
About 18 months ago, Scott Adams was (the creator of Dilbert) diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia. With no known cure and (according to his doctor) a recovery chance of zero; What do you do? Well, if you're the creative and optimistic type, you hack your brain and find a way to remap how speech is generated!
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick. Jack jumped over the candlestick.
I repeated it dozens of times, partly because I could. It was effortless, even though it was similar to regular speech. I enjoyed repeating it, hearing the sound of my own voice working almost flawlessly. I longed for that sound, and the memory of normal speech. Perhaps the rhyme took me back to my own childhood too. Or maybe it's just plain catchy. I enjoyed repeating it more than I should have. Then something happened.
My brain remapped. My speech returned.
Wow! That's one amazing way to hack your brain! I very much recommend reading Scott's full post, it's motivational as well as being a reminder of how complex and fascinating the human brain actually is. Now, can someone with some sort of neuroscientific degree please do a case study on Adams, seems like there's a good possibility of improving the odds of recovery from this disorder..
Me, I've been walking around all day saying "Never give up. Never surrender!" (the signature phrase from Galaxy Quest), as that was the first thing I thought of after reading Scott's blog post. Imagine what a great cameo Scott Adams could do if the rumored sequel to Galaxy Quest ever is made, simply sitting in a futuristic looking cubicle
and five words of dialog...
Hat tip to Evan Williams for making me think about hacking my brain.
- on the 31st of October 2006 @ 23:59
- in World Wide Variety