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July 17, 2007

Seeing With His Ears

Some stories just pretty much speak for themselves:

Amazing kid. Amazing mom, too.

Via Dean Esmay, who comments:

Now ask yourself the question that the newscasters and just about everyone else isn't asking:

Why are researchers and disability advocates not right now studying this kid and his mom's techniques to learn how to do what he can do? Kid's got no eyes but he can play video games and foosball and rollerblade on the goddamned street without assistance. Yes he's a great brilliant kid, and inspiring, but why aren't we scrambling like crazy to figure out what he and his mom have figured out-- and turning it into a training program? I mean, holy cow, just look at what they've accomplished! Study! Learn from them! Even sighted people might benefit. If he can do it so can others probably, right???

Absolutely.

June 25, 2007

The Littlest Genius

mathilda.jpgI'm going to say cutest, too. Meet Georgia Brown, at age 2, the youngest member ever of Mensa. She has an IQ of 152, which they're saying puts her in the ballpark of Stephen Hawking. This little girl was dressing herself at 14 months and now enjoys "explaining difficult words to her friends."

Unfortunately for Mensa, I believe we're rapidly heading toward the day when little Georgia Brown will not be the exception. The exceptionally gifted of today give us something to aim for as we begin to seriously discuss augmenting human mental (and other) capacities. Whether we do it pharmacologically, through genetic manipulation, or with electronic implants -- or a combination of the three -- we're on our way to a world of much smarter people.

I hope that I, too, might one day be as smart as Stephen Hawking...or Georgia Brown.

August 05, 2006

Someday

We went to Red Rocks earlier this week to see Celtic Woman. Not everybody's cup of tea, I realize. But you put four gorgeous women with awesome singing voices on stage and I personally don't find a lot to complain about. Anyhow, there was one song that really got my attention, called Someday. I believe it's from the Disney version of the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

There is something very touching in the simple lyrics -- optimistic, but tinged with a certain sadness. It's wistful; and somehow strangely appropo for Singularitarians.

Someday

celtic-woman.jpg Someday
When we are wiser
When the world's older
When we have learned
I pray
Someday we may yet live
To live and let live

Someday
Life will be fairer
Need will be rarer
And greed will not pay
God speed
This bright millennium
On its way
Let it come
Someday

Someday
Our fight will be won then
We'll stand in the sun then
That bright afternoon
'Till then
On days when the sun is gone
We'll hang on
If we wish upon the moon

There are some days dark and bitter
Seems we haven't got a prayer
But a prayer for something better
Is the one thing we all share

Someday
When we are wiser
When the whole world is older
When we have learned
I pray
Someday we may yet live
To live and let live
One day, someday