More Than Meets the Eye

Fascinating Glimpses of  God's Power and Design

Richard A. Swenson, M. D.

Excerpt from Chapter 4:  

The Brain and Nervous System


George and Charles, identical twins, are calendar calculators. Give them a date and they can give you the day of the week over a span of eighty thousand years—forty thousand backward or forty thousand forward. Ask them to name in which years of the next 200 (or any 200) Easter will fall on March 23 and they will name those years with lightning rapidity.

They cannot count to thirty, but they swap twenty-digit prime numbers for amusement. Leslie is blind, is severely mentally handicapped, has cerebral palsy, and has never had any formal musical training. Yet, in his teens, upon hearing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 for the first time, he played it back on the piano flawlessly and without hesitation. Jedediah has a mental age of ten and is unable to write his name. When asked the question: "In a body whose three sides are 23,145,789 yards, 5,642,732 yards, and 54,965 yards, how many cubicle1/8ths of an inch exist?" he provided the correct twenty-eight-digit figure after a five-hour computation. “Would you like the answer backwards or forwards?”

What does this tell us about the inherent capacity of the human brain—about how it learns, how it calculates, and how it performs? What does this tell us about the Mind of God, who designed and wired such a brain?   

 

More Than Meets the Eye, Richard A. Swenson, M. D., published by NAVPRESS, Bringing Truth To Life, copyright 2000