Thursday, November 8, 2007
The Boy Who Sees Without Eyes
Today I’m bringing you two of the most remarkable and inspirational stories I’ve ever come across. Both concern extraordinary individuals and the wonders of the human body. I promise—you will be astounded.
The first story stars Ben Underwood, a teenager who lives in Sacramento, CA. When he was just a toddler, Ben lost both his eyes to cancer. Yet today Ben can SEE. He can ride a bike. Shoot hoops. Rollerblade. All without eyes.
You see, Ben Underwood is the only human on Earth who “sees” completely through echolocation. As he moves, he makes a series of clicks with his tongue. His ears pick up the echoes of the sounds bouncing off of nearby objects, and his brain converts the information into images. It’s the same way bats, which have very poor eyesight, are able to navigate the skies and snap up tiny insects.
You can see an entire BBC documentary about Ben here. I urge you to watch at least the first 10-minute segment. It’s absolutely amazing.