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First class honours in mathematics

Identifier

003472

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

What no one appears to have grasped is that the Higher spirit  is capable of running a person’s life and you don’t need the same degree of reasoning or memory if your composer is doing this.  All the core functions needed for a person – perceptions, emotions, will, the 5 senses are intact, so the person can function perfectly normally, it is just that he or she is functioning through his higher spirit…………..

A description of the experience

Account of  British neurologist John Lorber when he addressed a conference of pædiatricians in 1980

Doctor John Lorber has collected case studies, involving victims of an ailment known as hydrocephalus, since the mid-60s. The condition results from an abnormal build up of cerebrospinal fluid and can cause severe retardation and death if not treated.

Two young children with hydrocephalus referred to Lorber presented with normal mental development for their age.  In both children, there was no evidence of a cerebral cortex.  One of the children died at age 3 months, the second at 12 months.  He was still following a normal development profile with the exception of the apparent lack of cerebral tissue shown by repeated medical testing.  An account of the children was published in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology.

Later, a colleague at Sheffield University became aware of a young man with a larger than normal head.  He was referred to Lorber even though it had not caused him any difficulty.  Although the boy had an IQ of 126 and had a first class honours degree in mathematics, he had "virtually no brain".  A noninvasive measurement of radio density known as CAT scan showed the boy's skull was lined with a thin layer of brain cells to a millimeter in thickness.  The rest of his skull was filled with cerebrospinal fluid.  The young man continues a normal life with the exception of his knowledge that he has no brain.

Although anecdotal accounts may be found in medical literature, Lorber is the first to provide a systematic study of such cases.  He has documented over 600 scans of people with hydrocephalus and has broken them into four groups: 

 

those with nearly normal brains

 

those with 50-70% of the cranium filled with cerebrospinal fluid

 

those with 70-90% of the cranium filled with cerebrospinal fluid

 

and the most severe group with 95% of the cranial cavity filled with cerebrospinal fluid.

Of the last group, which comprised less than 10% of the study, half were profoundly retarded.  The remaining half had IQs greater than 100.  Skeptics have claimed that it was an error of interpretation of the scans themselves. 

Lorber himself admits that reading a CAT scan can be tricky.  He also has said that he would not make such a claim without evidence.  In answer to attacks that he has not precisely quantified the amount of brain tissue missing, he added, "I can't say whether the mathematics student has a brain weighing 50 grams or 150 grams, but it is clear that it is nowhere near the normal 1.5 kilograms."

Many neurologists feel that this is a tribute to the brain's redundancy and its ability to reassign functions.  Others, however, are not so sure.  Patrick Wall, professor of anatomy at University College, London states "To talk of redundancy is a cop-out to get around something you don't understand."

Norman Geschwind, a neurologist at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital agrees: "Certainly the brain has a remarkable capacity for reassigning functions following trauma, but you can usually pick up some kind of deficit with the right tests, even after apparently full recovery."

The source of the experience

PubMed

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Higher spirit

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Hydrocephalus

References

PubMed