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Mugger attack turns man in to math genius

Posted on Wednesday, 2 May, 2012 | Comment icon 20 comments | News tip by: Saru

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Jason Padgett went from being a college dropout to a mathematical genius after being attacked by muggers.

Having dropped out of college and with little interests other than partying and working out, Jason Padgett's life was turned upside-down when he was beaten up by muggers one night outside a club for his leather jacket. Surviving the attack with only a concussion, Jason soon discovered that something was different. Not long after the attack he became obsessed with drawing complex fractals and was able to see mathematical formulas everywhere he looked.

"Savant syndrome is the development of a particular skill, that can be mathematical, spatial, or autistic, that develop to an extreme degree that sort of makes a person super human," said neuroscientist Berit Brogaard. Jason's newfound skills have been compared to those exhibited by John Nash who was played by Russell Crowe in the movie "A Beautiful Mind".

"Jason Padgett doesn't have a PhD, or a Masters degree."

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Comment icon #11 Posted by bulveye on 2 May, 2012, 18:40
I wonder if it has effected the DMT production in his brain? People that have taken the illegal drug DMT or magic mushrooms sometimes are able to see and understand complex patterns and thoughts. Unfortunately they are so intoxicated with the drug they are unable to write down or draw their experience and forget it soon after they come down.
Comment icon #12 Posted by I Am Not Resisting on 2 May, 2012, 20:19
I clicked on the link to see some of his drawings and they are really pretty. I mean, I guess as pretty as a shape or pattern can be.
Comment icon #13 Posted by PsiSeeker on 3 May, 2012, 3:13
It says hes a math genius but I don't understand how the genius extends past that of fractals of pi. Does he have an in depth grasp for more than one mathematical field? How far into geometry does his genius go? Does he only see the patterns or is there deeper understanding there?
Comment icon #14 Posted by majin nemesis on 3 May, 2012, 11:39
maybe that's what happened to Newton after the apple hit him on the head
Comment icon #15 Posted by King Fluffs on 3 May, 2012, 14:46
It looks like I'll be hanging around the bad part of town today... dressed as an old woman.
Comment icon #16 Posted by PeacefulAnarchy on 10 May, 2012, 16:25
Agreed, I must be due a good mugging then...
Comment icon #17 Posted by Mentalcase on 10 May, 2012, 16:41
I guess I could mug a few of you.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Eldorado on 10 May, 2012, 16:50
With my luck, I'd get mugged and end-up needing to wear Huggies... and eating through a straw. lol
Comment icon #19 Posted by pallidin on 12 May, 2012, 18:02
I suppose that if I took a rubber mallet to my head the local psych ward would see things differently. Dang, maybe my elementary teacher should have slammed the ruler against my head instead of my knuckles.

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