April 27, 2011
If you want to be super-amazed, read the fascinating story below of a young American called Jacob Barnett. It will simply blow your mind away! The world is full of so many gifted and talented people, but there are some who completely stand out from an early age with their brilliant minds.
People like Jacob who are born with exceptional minds are often described as simply “being born that way”. Beyond loose theories, no-one really knows why Jacob – at the age of three – could solve 5,000-piece jigsaws. There is no explanation for his extraordinary talents in mathematics and physics, or for his unbelievable IQ of 170 at the age of 12!
Being diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome – a mild form of autism – some might say Jacob’s brilliant mind is a result born from his condition. People with autism sometimes have very special gifts and talents, but those talents have to come from somewhere.
Even with a mind capable of grasping so much, the actual knowledge has to come from somewhere, along with the ability to analyse and understand whatever the mind takes in. No matter how naturally clever someone may be, it takes an extra-special mind like Jacob’s to be able to master geometry, calculus and algebra in just 14 days!
When you read Jacob’s story, you just can’t help but wonder where exactly his ability and talents come from. They had to originate somewhere: no-one suddenly wakes up one morning at the age of three with a mind that knows how to complete a 5,000 piece jigsaw!
Thinking logically, one might argue that imprints from previous lives have manifested and become prominent in this life. Certainly, it appears illogical to say that abilities and talents simply “appear”, without any kind of reason or explanation. You can’t get something from nothing! Like all forms of energy, the mind transforms and continues on – it can never disappear into nothing.
Please read Jacob’s story and think for yourself where such incredible minds originate from. Do they form simply “by chance”, or is there a deeper, logical and more reasoned explanation as to why brilliant minds like Jacob’s exist? Take some time to think and you might be surprised by thoughts that arise if you look at the situation closely. Let me know your thoughts – where do extraordinary minds originate from?
For 12-year old astrophysics prodigy, the sky’s the limit
By Zachary Roth – Tue Mar 29, 12:55 pm ET
In some ways, Jacob Barnett is just like any other 12-year-old kid. He plays Guitar Hero, shoots hoops with his friends, and has a platonic girlfriend.
But in other ways, he’s a little different. Jake, who has an IQ of 170, began solving 5,000-piece jigsaw puzzles at the age of 3, not long after he’d been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a mild form of autism. A few years later, he taught himself calculus, algebra, and geometry in two weeks. By 8, he had left high school, and is currently taking college-level advanced astrophysics classes—while tutoring his older classmates. And he’s being recruited for a paid researcher job by Indiana University.
Now, he’s at work on a theory that challenges the Big Bang—the prevailing explanation among scientists for how the universe came about. It’s not clear how developed it is, but experts say he’s asking the right questions.
“The theory that he’s working on involves several of the toughest problems in astrophysics and theoretical physics,” Scott Tremaine of Princeton University’s Institute for Advanced Studies—where Einstein (pictured) himself worked—wrote in an email to Jake’s family. “Anyone who solves these will be in line for a Nobel Prize.”
Here you can watch Jake question some of the key elements of Albert Einstein’s theories on quantum physics:
Or view the video on the server at: http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/12YearOldProdigyKidTakesAimAtEinstein_sTheories.flv
It’s not clear where Jake got his gifts from. “Whenever I try talking about math with anyone in my family,” he told the Indianapolis Star, “they just stare blankly.”
But his parents encouraged his interests from the start. Once, they took him to the planetarium at Butler University. “We were in the crowd, just sitting, listening to this guy ask the crowd if anyone knew why the moons going around Mars were potato-shaped and not round,” Jake’s mother, Kristine Barnett, told the Star. “Jacob raised his hand and said, ‘Excuse me, but what are the sizes of the moons around Mars?’ “
After the lecturer answered, said Kristine, “Jacob looked at him and said the gravity of the planet … is so large that (the moon’s) gravity would not be able to pull it into a round shape.”
“That entire building… everyone was just looking at him, like, ‘Who is this 3-year-old?’”
Jacob Barnett On The Glenn Beck Show
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