Stroke Causes Writer to Be Able to Write Without Reading

The brain is a strange and mysterious thing and so many oddities can happen within it, like this case of a writer who stopped being able to read and yet could still write – even though he couldn’t read what he’d just written!

This isn’t a new video … it’s been floating around on the Internet for a couple of years … but it’s the first time I’ve come across it. I thought it was interesting enough and relevant enough to writing to share here with you today. Fascinating!!

It’s actually a case that was studied by Dr. Oliver Sacks, a biologist and neurologist who has written a large number of books. I read one of these books ┬áin my late teens (The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat) and found it immensely fascinating. I’ve always kind of had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to re-read that and check out his other books. I feel motivated to do that now after watching this short inspiring video!


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