As I’ve written before, I wouldn’t have started vision therapy if it weren’t for Susan Barry and Dr. Oliver Sacks who awakened me to the possibility of seeing the world anew in the story “Stereo Sue” by Dr. Oliver Sacks in The New Yorker in July 2006.
Dr. Sacks’ other works (Musicophilia, The Mind’s Eye, etc.) have shown me and many others the possibility for the human brain to adapt, change and be elastic. If it weren’t for his beautiful storytelling about how powerful the brain is to rewire itself, I would not be in vision therapy to learn to see in stereo. I also would not have written my book on how to use music to learn foreign languages.
I highly recommend the movie, “The Music Never Stopped“. It’s about a man who suffers severe brain damage that blocks his memory of the past 20 years. He is re-awakened to who he was by the music of his youth, The Grateful Dead, Crosby Stills and Nash and others. Doctors were stunned that music could revive him to his former self.
Here’s a clip:
(The movie was released about two months ago and may not be playing in all theaters across the US. But it will be on DVD soon.)
The human brain is more elastic than we may think. Even a woman living in a flat world can see in 3D!