Meet the Accidental Genius: Jason Padgett

Meet the Accidental Genius

In 2002, Jason Padgett was the victim of a vicious beating outside a karaoke bar in Tacoma, Washington. Upon regaining consciousness, Padgett’s sight was forever altered by a condition called acquired savant syndrome. The brain trauma opened his eyes to an entirely new world—one filled with patterns and strobes, like a stop-motion film. This is a fascinating story into the hidden power of the mind and one man’s inspiring tale of courage and personal triumph. The Acquired Savant is a film by Thomas Petersen.

Alternate Realities from Relativity | Jason Padgett | TEDxTacoma

Jason Padgett explains relativity, and uses the Doppler Effect to demonstrate how every potential can be any reality. Jason is an aspiring number theorist and mathematician with acquired savant syndrome and synesthesia. His memoir, Struck By Genius, is the story of his transformation from mullet-sporting college dropout to mathematical marvel via a traumatic brain injury.

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