The brain is a strange place

Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame - the dream of many an engineer to throw off the yoke of the corporate world and write comics for a living) came down with a really exotic condition 18 months ago that caused him to lose his speech only when speaking one-on-one. His speech was fine speaking in a large group (thousands) or by himself. But when he spoke one-on-one, he could only manage a hoarse whisper. This was a permanent condition.

The other day he fixed his brain by speaking rhyme. Not only was he able to say the rhyme using a normal voice, it rewired his brain to now allow him to speak normally!

An excellent example of how really odd and complex the human brain is.

- via BoingBoing

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.