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Saturday, September 11, 2010

What We Can Learn From Derek Paravicini

Derek Paravicini is an Englishman in his late twenties. He suffers from autism, blindness, and is a savant. Derek can play on the piano any song he hears. Perfectly. And he can transpose, change styles, and imitate any composer or musician for all of them. It is estimated that Derek retains over 10,000 songs in his head.

Click Here To See" 60 Minutes" Excerpt on Derek Paravicini

Click Here To See Five Part Series on Derek Paravicini

No one can really explain why Derek is able to do this. Clearly his brain has compensated for the abilities he no longer has. What this shows me is that the human brain is remarkably untapped. Can you imagine what Derek would be like if he were suddenly given full human ability, on top of this remarkable talent?

Can you imagine what we could do if we did not fear, did not doubt, and leapt into everything the way Derek does music? Even if we are not all geniuses, there has to be more. And I'm convinced that if we can just get out of our own way, our amazing minds would let us run places we've never dared to imagine.

1 comment:

Russo said...

I had no idea thi guy exited- Thank you so much for this post, girl. LOVED it, so inspiring.