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Fragments of Genius    |    MIT OpenCourseWare

Don't miss the BBC documentary "Fragments of Genius" on the Nine Network Sunday Program this coming Sunday morning May 6 at 9.00am - Sydney.

Joint Venture : Australian National University & University of Sydney 

Professor ALLAN SNYDER "Centre For The Mind" investigates switching off parts of the brain - temporarily. "Instead of looking at the skill - look at the waves that are happening in your brain while you are doing the skill - it's called Biological Feedback."

"Here's what I think is so extraordinary - we don't have access to these skills because they're not normally important to us -- when I see a ball it's not important to me to know how the ball has been derived in my brain as a ball, shape from shading.  Being creative is being able to look at the world in different ways, and this will allow the world to be seen in a way that is different -- and that is what helps us become more creative." said Professor Allan Snyder. 
Snyder discusses his controversial theory, developed in collaboration with colleague, Professor John Mitchell, on our extraordinary, inaccessible skills. He suggests that the skills can be turned on and off in people by sending magnetic pulses to the brain - a process called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.

Australian Network Premiere Screening Ch 9
SUNDAY Program - Sunday 6th May @ 9:00am
Fragments of Genius, the BBC documentary showcasing Australian Professor Allan Snyder, will premiere on Channel 9's Sunday Program this Sunday, 6 May at 9 a.m.

This Australian television premiere is expected to spark a debate about the ability for all of us to access the extraordinary skills of savants, like the one portrayed by Dustin Hoffman in the Hollywood movie Rainman.
Professor Snyder is available for interview & comment.
Phone: (612) 9351 8532 Mobile: 0410 693 890

Centre For The Mind


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MIT plans to begin a pilot program in the fall of 2001, with a goal of making over 500 courses available on the World Wide Web over the next 2 1/2 years. Over the next decade, the project expects to provide over 2000 courses across MIT's entire curriculum -- in architecture and planning, engineering, humanities, arts, social sciences, management, and science.

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Sri Lanka
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