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10 People Who Became GENIUSES from BRAIN DAMAGE

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What creates a genius? Is it simply a function of having the right brain patterns, or is there a deeper mechanism at work? Just as savants like Daniel Tammet and Alonso Clemons demonstrate superhuman mastery in certain subjects, there have been people throughout history who gained extraordinary abilities from freak accidents. Unfortunately, genius often comes at a price. →Subscribe for new videos every day! https://www.youtube.com/user/toptenznet?sub_confirmation=1 → → GET A T-SHIRT - http://shop.spreadshirt.com/toptenz →Top 10 Objects That Were Clearly Invented Just to Annoy Physics: https://youtu.be/0MVGeRa-vLo →Simon's VLOG: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvqt8j7DfPmveJp3UOk9XTg Entertaining and educational top 10 lists from TopTenzNet! Brand new videos 7 days a week! Videos are published at 6pm EST every day! Subscribe to our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TopTenz/ Other TopTenz Videos: Top 10 Drawbacks of Penis Removal https://youtu.be/3D1CkbnV8fw?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnLyDzDNeyvA6ZKu5_jMYMip Top 10 Most Common Cosmetic Surgery Procedures https://youtu.be/izfM7Bf83u0?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnLyDzDNeyvA6ZKu5_jMYMip Text version: http://www.toptenz.net/10-people-gained-genius-brain-damage.php Coming up: 10. Derek Amato 9. Jason Padgett 8. Jon Sarkin 7. Leigh Erceg 6. Mr. Z 5. Franco Magnani 4. Anthony Cicoria 3. Heather Thompson 2. Orlando Serrell 1. Jim Carollo Source/Further reading: https://youtu.be/v6gtpU8215U http://www.medicaldaily.com/derek-amato-becomes-musical-genius-after-brain-injury-what-acquired-savant-syndrome-video-260369 https://youtu.be/VoMhyLJrz_M http://www.livescience.com/45349-brain-injury-turns-man-into-math-genius.html https://youtu.be/WNq4WKSSZuU http://www.npr.org/2011/04/18/135509114/jon-sarkin-when-brain-injuries-transform-into-art https://youtu.be/82bcDeQJavo http://abcnews.go.com/Health/colorado-rancher-suffers-traumatic-brain-injury-accidental-genius/story?id=31053667 https://books.google.com/books?id=xRmf6D64ADIC&pg=PT153&dq=orlando+serrell&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjwsJ6UprfOAhXK7iYKHQsYAzwQ6AEIMzAE#v=snippet&q=mr.%20z&f=false https://books.google.com/books?id=o1UaE-dVmjEC&pg=PA111&lpg=PA111&dq=franco+magnani+brain+damage&source=bl&ots=nfjVUNDXMe&sig=5qCBKbVNKV02-KYjBK0vvgELOtU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiH0rKRxLfOAhXH4CYKHZBpD9MQ6AEIMTAD#v=onepage&q=franco%20magnani%20brain%20damage&f=false https://books.google.com/books?id=CScpCwAAQBAJ&pg=PA186&dq=Franco+Magnani&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwizwO7uoLfOAhVH8CYKHbGcB2YQ6AEIQjAH#v=onepage&q=Franco%20Magnani&f=false https://youtu.be/IxNPy3oR62s http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2007/07/23/a-bolt-from-the-blue https://youtu.be/OWqNoGKJWBI http://www.orlandoserrell.com/about.htm https://books.google.com/books?id=m3oSBQAAQBAJ&pg=PA200&dq=jim+carollo&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwihrczkorfOAhUBSyYKHdA5Aj0Q6AEIJjAB#v=onepage&q=jim%20carollo&f=false
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Wheels Lifts (20 days ago)
Ehh. Not really sure becoming a painter equates to being a genius. In my mind, a genius is amazing at crazy advanced level math, and or science. But I guess everyone has their own opinion of what a genius is
Amalur Alure (21 days ago)
*searching for hammer*
Alexa Doodles (24 days ago)
My mom dropped me when I was a kid, why am I still stupider than ever?
Nekoaya Zz (30 days ago)
Aw with my luck id prob just get damage and not the genious....But I am allowed to dream tho.. Maby one of the geniouses may find a way for others to gain the abilities without the damage! Still I am allowed to dream XD
I thought at first i was watching johnny sins
Robert G (1 month ago)
It just ain't fair...when I got hit in the head all I got was a sore head and a headache.
Andrew Sheldon (1 month ago)
Not making any more land. lol. That's because its fixed. Note high urbanisation rate. Stick to biz.
SilasLang Lang (1 month ago)
#10 seems to display some attributes of psychedelia. I've seen streams of notes in vivid detail. Often times, in this state,one is too high to play. Not to irresponsibly send budding musicians into the uncharted depths of their minds, if they should chose to do so: Please,be responsible. Do some research, first.
Daniel Reicher (1 month ago)
Very interesting but very rare phenomenon. Unfortunately many brain injuries have permanent effects although plasticity has shown to make improvements possible.
Jennifer Decker (2 months ago)
Things like this are why I scoff at the fact that we as a race are so sure that we know so much about ourselves and the universe.
Abyss Will (2 months ago)
I had to get blood drained from my brain after falling from a roof and if something change i could swear Im slightly more stupid than before, or maybe i just got smart enough to realise im stupid, whi knows?
joe smith (2 months ago)
I love how people can know another language, know music or be savants and all we need is an accidental knock on the head to unleash the brains true power. why isn't this capacity available to us? why is it locked away?
SPC pitts (2 months ago)
learned how to paint. learned how to play music. seems like these people simply learned how to do things after they were injured. didn't see any who were actually genius level smart
jeaniebird (2 months ago)
And to think, all this time I've been avoiding getting bonked on the head...
Amelia Shostak (2 months ago)
Ive always found this topic awesome
Epik DABBER (3 months ago)
Should I play football now
10 cylinders SON (3 months ago)
Clip my brain NOW
Sarah Lee (4 months ago)
Wasn't she cross-eyed? Ono the donkey kicked her again and it straightened her eyes right out but then she fell in that well and it made her cross-eyed again...
Evil Morty (4 months ago)
Perfect Video!
Pimmas040 (4 months ago)
This is full of misinformation.
Charlie Cross (5 months ago)
it's just as well we don't need anymore chiroquacktors
Philip Meers (5 months ago)
It would be interesting to know whether the brains of those who suffered injuries are similar to those of autistic savants. Perhaps, if there are similarities, then it could unlock the secrets of autism.
Skelly (5 months ago)
#7 50 first dates
Colin Timp (5 months ago)
So what you're saying is that all artists are brain damaged...
The Badger (5 months ago)
Dude!! It’s “Maths”, not “Math”!!!
Skye ID (5 months ago)
Leigh Erceg looks like a combination of Slash and Axel Rose!
Cheryl Ametewee (5 months ago)
and then there's me, hit head-on by a semi, broke all my bones PLUS a head injury & here i am still as dumb as the day i was born. some people have all the luck.
Richard Conner (5 months ago)
ybmagpye (5 months ago)
Here is a weird explanation of the above. We all have the innate abilities in the video. The knocks in the head only dislodged the block to said abilities. Why is there a block to those abilities in the first place? Because our alien, ET what'sit overlords blocked our said abilities eons ago, so they could control us easier. Yeah, sounds like a crap theory, but it nontheless makes sense, if you think 'out of the box'.
Donald MacLeay (5 months ago)
The 'sudden knock on the head' has become a cliche in sitcom entertainment over the last 60 years.
John Lewington (5 months ago)
Wow!!! Just wow. The human brain is amazing, even when damaged, it still finds a way to function. It is like a living machine, when damaged, it finds a way to function, even if it has to bypass a few damaged areas
Stephen Blackwell (5 months ago)
Simon I seem to spend more and more time listening to you
Ann P Tully (5 months ago)
I am very sorry but it is Maths short for Mathematics! I could forgive you if you were American but your British!
Dave Erhardt (5 months ago)
Very interesting. phenomena. I had a severe brain injury almost 15 years ago and my abilities never changed. Just surviving a brain injury is important to me, I consider myself very lucky in just being normal.
dumbcreaknuller (5 months ago)
i had some head injuries myself but i saw the matrix. it was made in many layers of programming. the first layer was the mesh that makes up objects and stuff and unlike our computers it was made in 3d triangles or pyramid like shape. the second layer was the glassy layer that made the objects transparent but gave them mass. the third layer was what made the object textured to look real. the atoms was just grids of eculid geometries in the texture layer that was programmed in a manifold matrix and the math could change the behavior of the data so it could behave as matter and create the illusion we are made of material stuff. if you cut your finger of, the matrix just recalculate the date and reprogram the interrelationships of the data making up the manifold math and and reconfigured the symmetry of the data of what you think is stuff. the universe is like cgi, just more advanced than our computers. we can create data now that can simulate this type of transformation of data but is still to primitive to rival the fakery of the universe.
Teal'c (5 months ago)
The human mind truly is the greatest mystery.
Simon (5 months ago)
Just dropped a dumbbell on my head, didn't work 😥
Sam Hall (6 months ago)
They need a better term than Acquired Savant Syndrome. That said, show #9 a tesseract. Maybe introduce all the math-struck to string theory or show them unsolved mathematical problems?
vipertact (6 months ago)
Interesting to think that some parts of our brain are actually holding us back from amazing abilities.
Metal13 Wolfgang (6 months ago)
Hit me pls
Shaaron Evans (6 months ago)
Is it possible that we all know everything but it is locked up in our subconscious and we are simply unable to access it? Some internal mechanism determining how much access we will have in our daily lives may explain the varying levels of intelligence among us. It's as if our intelligence is controlled and only by accident are we made aware of our full possibilities. And if we had full capabilities, would it not drive us insane? A lot of geniuses are ultra weird!
James Meritt (6 months ago)
Heather divorced her husband and bought a goat. What did she do with the goat? 😏
James Meritt (6 months ago)
Where in the Brain was the damage?
Blue In red (6 months ago)
claronium 780 (6 months ago)
@ 2:30...I think we've all known someone who seems like they've had portions of their brain removed...Donald Trump comes to mind.
JIM2oob (6 months ago)
I only saw stars. Couldn't name them if my life counted on it.
JIM2oob (6 months ago)
.. my younger cousin as a boy used to bang his head against the wall. He's does very well financially today.
BrianStyleDeath (6 months ago)
How many of these people faked their story and claimed their skill was caused by damage when it wasn't I wonder? With ten people it's probably at least one. The math ones were the most interesting imo. That calendar thing is just a trick that alot of people can do isn't it?
James Meritt (6 months ago)
BrianStyleDeath: I personally believe that child protégés do not lose their ability as they get older-they just learn how to hide it better!
El Heffe (6 months ago)
People with high IQ usually have some sort of mental disorder. I've been suffering from ADHD / depression ever since i was a kid. And there are actually many people with ADHD who are misdiagnosed. those with high intelligence who experience psychomotor, Hyperintensity should get checked out. I really feel like people today don't measure IQ correctly. IQ should determine how fast a human being can solve a problem. Because every problem has a solution.
James Meritt (6 months ago)
El Heffe: OCD and depression with others
Sloptart (6 months ago)
jose131991 (6 months ago)
There was a dead guy on the ground in that wreck pic
NITRO4KTHOMPSON (6 months ago)
I thought 7 was the lead singer of Skid Row.
C K (6 months ago)
Scientists announced today that there's a new way to genius: hitting people on the head in specific regions. Yes, you heard that right. Coupled with gene editing, scientists believe this is the future of intelligence. "You can hit certain places on the head to get different results," says John Doe, a scientist at Please Fund My Research Because I'm Broke University. "It's pretty amazing." There are concerns about the ethics of what areas of the brain to choose, however. "If you want to be great at something, you'll have to sacrifice something else. But there are no risks to this procedure. No risk of stroke or, I don't know, internal bleeding. Nothing like that. And it's great because now people can justify hitting their friends on the head during parties and tell them they're trying to make them into a savant without legal repercussions. Pay $500 to read more, or pay $1,000 a month. - The Future is Always Weird Gazette In other news: mathemeticians try to bring back math into public schools instead of private, but the move failed, continuing the longstanding ignorance of consumer victimhood on pricing deception.
Amethyst H. (6 months ago)
So a simple head smack wont do it ..guess you need to have a severe bleeding brain damage till you become the next Einstein. Lets start hitting several politicians so they become smart and know how to act.
Mr. Boomguy (6 months ago)
Kids. Stay safe! It's not worth it.
hicham hanin (6 months ago)
add me to the list next time 😉
kilppari78 (6 months ago)
Jason Padgett was not a hig school drop-out. He graduated after repeating his senior year (and having a friend helping him out with the final assignment).
Tounsi Behi (6 months ago)
227 persons bangs their heads trying to become geniuses but nothing changed .
G. Patt (6 months ago)
When I was in Afghanistan, an RPG landed a few meters from me and I suffered a concussion. My whole life I hated coffee after I tried it multiple times. Immediately after the concussion, I had an urge to drink it and loved it. I drink it everyday now. Weird right?
G. Patt (6 months ago)
Vipertact, might also be an interesting Folger's commercial lmao
G. Patt (6 months ago)
this is true @Tounsi lmao
vipertact (6 months ago)
Your story sounds like it might interest brain researchers and some coffee company marketing people.
Tounsi Behi (6 months ago)
Well, you're a genius now .
Steven Holmes (6 months ago)
Ok so should I slam my head in a door? Or just hit it with a hammer?
Moonlight Gator (6 months ago)
Does it mean that the brain is a restrictor? It block us from universal knowledge and wiping our memory, so we can be a perfect useful slaves?
Stephen Blackwell (7 months ago)
I'm pretty sure I have figured out how this works
nguyễn phương (7 months ago)
You look like vsause
Curtis Slone (7 months ago)
I remember a boy from school who had been involved in a car accident as a small child. His skull was severely injured in the accident and he wore a protective cap to protect his skull. It seems his the bones in his skull had never grown back. He was literally a human calculator. He could answer complex mathematical problems quicker than anyone I ever knew. I can't say for sure that the head trauma caused his incredible abilities but it always made me wonder.
eugene pascual (7 months ago)
what doesn't kill you makes you (stronger) genius! literally..
fae Firebird (7 months ago)
Im calling bs on atleast 7 of these, so easily could have been faked (played/painted/knew math well before incident ect. or just fake lying set ups like the guy with the base ball to the head)
Alpha Fort (7 months ago)
I would bash my head in but I am worried about you turning more stupid than I already am!
Scott Cupp (7 months ago)
This makes me think of Doc Brown on Back to The Future. He fell and hit his head on the toilet and BAMM there came the flux capacitor.
Scott Cupp (7 months ago)
Bosendoerfer? a borrowed piano? Those pianos Start at $100k. I have a 1962 Steinway Model D Concert grand valued at $300k but the Bosendoerfer is one mystical and beautiful piano. Then again so is my Model D. XD
Scott Cupp (7 months ago)
Becoming a musical genius? I already am which leads me to believe I was kicked in the head by a horse at the age of 3. My brain rewired itself and said " I am going to become a pianist and film score composer." Now, I am. Was never really kicked in the head. Maybe the doctor dropped me when I was born.
Asian ForrestGump (7 months ago)
May be i shiuld just bang before an exam and hope for the best. If i didnt get smarter it would still be a memorable experience.
Sam Rhys (7 months ago)
What is it with Maths and brain injuries?
EpicATrain (8 months ago)
I usually enjoy your videos, and I love this channel, but this video is absolutely horrid. I felt like you only found 4 or 5 people who fit the bill for your list then found some other people who were either close enough or just threw them in there because you needed to count up to 10. Seriously disappointed with this video, and I can't believe I'm saying that. I guess everybody is allowed to screw up now and then.
Andrew (8 months ago)
Mr. Z sounds like *a normal person* most of these entries are bs
bob smith (8 months ago)
No, people do not simply acquire a high level skill overnight by having brain damage, most especially of incredibly specific arbitrary domains made up by other humans that they claim to have had no knowledge of prior. Some of these entries are either grossly exaggerated or straight up fraudulent.
bob smith (8 months ago)
#10 has no actual ability to play so far as I can see, #4 its clear and admitted he actually PRACTICED and LEARNED for a while.
bob smith (8 months ago)
having perfect recall, acquiring perfect visual memory, or even perfect musical memory, sure, it's all very feasible. But you do not acquire SKILL or KNOWLEDGE. The only possible "knowledge" that can possibly be acquired are things the person has already experienced or heard before but forgotten or never even tried to remember, that theoretically a brain stimulation could awaken
Paulette Morris (8 months ago)
I read that Mama Cass of the group the Mamas and the Papas could only sing after she sustained an injury to her head.
Fuck No! (9 months ago)
So if they were so smart then how did they suffered brain damage at first? Hahaha bad joke
Mirokuofnite (9 months ago)
Brb buying guitar and hammer
Jonathan Henry (9 months ago)
Most folks who get brain damage. Just end up with brain damage.
Judy B. (9 months ago)
Wow wow wow. I like number 3 and all of them really.
DATING HARLEY QUINN (9 months ago)
In 2015 I was mugged and suffered brain damage - Didnt become a genius but it did change my life in MANY positive ways. I truly wish it had happened 20 years earlier and NO i would not go and erase it if i could - BUT - I would like the Rolex Daytona Cosmogrph, white face black dials, back that they mugged me for LOL. 25 years I waited to get that watch and I had it 8 months.
Skrodor (9 months ago)
Gifts from the collective universe
sandy roberts-anderson (9 months ago)
Fascinating stuff. I’ve done a bit of reading on the subject and the abilities people can mysteriously acquire from brain damage is stunning.
Richard Conner (9 months ago)
iPhoneAndTechReviews (9 months ago)
Why don't you pronounce Z correctly?
matthe ai (9 months ago)
brain augmentation acquired savant
Dan Jakubik (10 months ago)
Brain damage teaches us many new interesting things about brain science.
crissyisajojofan (10 months ago)
Hit me in the head so that I can be the next ted ex speaker
Pooly Pirate Records (10 months ago)
Genius is perseverance but doesn't this brain rewiring thing to compensate for damage begs the question that past geniuses the likes of Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Einstein, Gallelo and Isaac Newton might of already had different brain wiring!?
billdozer189 (10 months ago)
I don’t think any of these people are actual geniuses. Click bait.
Big Walt (10 months ago)
7 fell in a put and turned into sebastian bach
Emma SpAce (10 months ago)
okay, she reformed her life, but why the goat?
lord thick nipples (10 months ago)
So basically brain damage can make you trip balls for life The whole seeing musical notation in the form of patterns and auditory hallucinations is something I get on acid almost 90% of the time. Not to mention I can express emotions through music when I'm tripping, when I'm sober I can still do it but I'm not there as much (if you've ever jammed on acid you'll know what I mean) and when I'm trying to learn a song on acid it's hard, and it takes a little longer but when I return to baseline I can play it easily. Maybe that guy has achieved the middle ground As for seeing things in lines and shapes, the original form of the object remains but the meaning becomes more abstract in your mind, definitely sounds like a shroom trip
Thomas Connors (10 months ago)
How does a guy who can't talk but remembers street names perfectly not become the richest cab driver ever?
Shadow Person (11 months ago)
To everyone wanting to get smart, lets get stupid.
Andre Hibbert (11 months ago)
I knew this kid from high school that was like them. He told me he had brain damage from a head injury when he was younger. He said he was hit so hard in the head that he lost consciousness for a half hour. A couple years after the injury he told me that he would feel something like electrical shocks in his head and he would do whatever his brain told him to do. He told me he had no control of it though, that it had to be triggered and he didn't know how he did it. Once he told me he was on a crowded train. He said a lady was trying to get on the train as the train doors were closing. She didn't make it in time so she had two bags and she put one of them in between the doors. He said this kid hit the door 3 times trying to open it and he felt that electrical shock in his head, sucked his teeth, hit the door once with one hand and the one door opened and the other door stayed closed. Then the He said the girl put her head down raised her eyebrows and got on the train. Then he said the door that he hit closed by itself. He said the looks on everybody's faces were like they were astonished. He also told me that he can predict what people are going to say in movies and tv shows and that he's accurately predicted what people were going to say like 1,000 times. I wasn't really sure if he was telling the truth but one time he did it right in front of me. The people that were there was like you saw this movie before and he was like nah i never saw it before. He told me so many other stories. He said his ability is that he can learn any ability. He can do something for the first time and do it nearly perfectly. Honestly man, I'm not knocking any of these other geniuses but I wouldn't want their abilities. My old friend though, that's an ability I wish I had.
yo somebody kick me in the head!
Mary Jane (11 months ago)
There you have it folks... if you want your child to succeed academically, shoot them in the face.
CringeCrypt (11 months ago)
I got brain surgery and when I was little my iq was tested and it was only 125. Then a year after it was 150 and I was amazing at math and science and now I’m in 12th grade when I should be in 9th. I’m not as cool as these people though.
F R Schatz (11 months ago)
Just think, if we Americans did not use helmets in football we might have the smartest boys in the world.

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