The Man With the Rewired Brain
Meet the accidental genius

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In 2002, Jason Padgett was the victim of a vicious beating outside a karaoke bar in Tacoma, Washington. Upon regaining consciousness, Padgett’s sight was forever altered by a condition called acquired savant syndrome. The brain trauma opened his eyes to an entirely new world—one filled with patterns and strobes, like a stop-motion film. This is a fascinating story into the hidden power of the mind and one man’s inspiring tale of courage and personal triumph. The Acquired Savant is a film by Thomas Petersen. This Great Big Film was made in collaboration with our friends at CNN Films. It is one of 12 short films that we will be releasing throughout the year. Stay tuned for more! SUBSCRIBE: Follow us behind the scenes on Instagram: Make our acquaintance on Facebook: Give us a shout on Twitter: Come hang with us on Vimeo: Visit our world directly: Great Big Story is a video network dedicated to the untold, overlooked & flat-out amazing. Humans are capable of incredible things & we're here to tell their stories. When a rocket lands in your backyard, you get in.


TurboJake : Him: everything is math Me: *fails math* Me: I guess this means I fail everything

HotBurger122 : Well they did teach him a good lesson

Rosemary : This is like the episode of SpongeBob when Squidward turns handsome

Epic Gamer : *steps weren’t clear ended up getting robbed*

BaKeDCrAcKer : The only man in the world to ever get some sense knocked into him.

Michael Morrison : My dad had a massive stroke in 2008 that caused brain damage. The only "gift" he received was better parking.

Brandon_kx250f : Wonder if any of the 10 million views is one of the dudes who beat him

Lukson : "bleeding kidney" *sends patient home*

LaloOof : Let me get hit in the head and become Einstein

Don’t Subscribe : *smashes my head against a wall* 1 + 1 = yes

joe nodden : So if I hit my head hard enough in the right spot I could become a geometrical genius? Tempting.

Sayalkumar Hajare : Yeah, I'm going to hit my head. Two scenario: I die, or I get powers. A win-win

Lars Cucumber : Legend says he was only using 3% of his power

Rishab Shah : That old man sounds like jigsaw

Mikkel Hansen : They beat the stupid out of him..... Noice

Sketch it D.I.Y : “Listen to me morty, math is everywhere!”

WORDS OF : $20 for anybody who will punch the back of my head. Another $20 if I become a mathematician. I want a refund if I become a crack Head.

Over the Top : Sounds like an LSD trip. Seeing sounds and geometry of our world.

Lul : My mans got beat up and started seeing things in +sqrt1−x 2 \-=sqrt2(2x 2 −1).

martyre king : About 5 years ago I got knocked the fuck out and forgot every single Soprano episodes and had to rewatch them like for the first time...that was great .

Random Doggo : Its like that one episode where Patrick became smart cause Spongebob placed brain coral inside his head

PainKiller Playz : Guy - I can see the world in Different strings 360p viewers - Am I a joke to u

JC Denton : "Violence Solves Nothing" Is ThAt So?


beatmetodeath : So they beat some sense into him. *chuckles*

100 Subscribers Without Video : I was dropped on my head but I just got more stupid :( don’t recommend

Immortal_Blaze : mans entered debug mode

CronaLovesAnime : He was Einstein for a day or two but now he sells futon's

Anthony Ramos : "how can one tap that potential without having a brain injury?" Meth, my friend. But I don't suggest it

HI How are you? : If everything is math, then why is there other subjects in school? Checkmate scientists.

Michael Gibson : I had a concussion that messed me up for 3 days; all I got was this lousy short term memory and an obsession with ancient civilizations.

Crescendo : This is the most depressingly awful thing ever. He had an accident.... now he draws radial patterns on paper? Wow. Um, that's nice.

Homeinen Leipä : Everything is meth

Xen : New goal: stand outside of karaoke bars hoping to become a genius.

Rp : am go hit my head with a hammer and go to the doctor and come back with super powers... its a joke

04dram04 : Everyone can see the word just like him. It's called psilocybin mushroom.

Till Wowler : This is like the spongebob episode where Patrick finds a new head

No : The start seemed like a Netflix show

amazing_dude : I am accidental but not a genius..

Hello sir : This guy: *understands math from being beaten up* Me: “Well time to go find someone willing to assault me.”

AGenericAccount : i feel like a lot of people have similar revelations on psychedelic drugs.

jonathandetournillon : Who the hell gets released the next day from the hospital? BS. I spent nearly 8 weeks in the hospital from head trauma

DJ Desertion & little J : his brain power is at 4%

P Sher : Well he lost the mullet, that's gotta be a 10 point IQ increase at least.

Keahi Akina : I've seen this my whole life lol on top of many other things...curious.

Mr. Dog : This guy brain got glitch up he sees the things of our virtual universe.

polt : 3:33 why does this guy sound so similar to John Kramer

Stephen P : That stuff with beams of light happened to me under psilocybin mushrooms ... like each beam of light was comprised of many separate colours that i could see

Goof Boo : 3 mins in. Son u described my lifestyle xD