Daniel Kish Explains Flash Sonar at TED 2015

Posted by Kathryn Cartini on Mar 31, 2015 4:06:00 PM
Put Freedom First Instead of Fearing the Dark Unknown
Blind since 13 months old, Daniel Kish is known as the "Remarkable Man," a name he believes doesn't represent him well as we all face challenges in life. 
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Raised by pragmatic parents, Daniel was taught to enjoy the same freedoms and responsibilities as any other child, understanding early on the difference between love and fear. By not allowing his fears to immobilize him in the face of challenge, his parents encouraged Daniel to face the dark unknown by putting freedom first, because that's what love does.
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Now as flashes of sound reflect from all the surfaces around him, Daniel is present, his brain is activated, he is able to navigate his journey, not with his eyes, but with his brain using Flash Sonar.
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By clicking his tongue, Daniel sends out flashes of sound that bounce off surfaces helping him see his environment. His brain then activates to form images in his visual cortex from these patterns of information. 
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Daniel and others who embrace this form of echolocation say it's not about enjoying life more or less, it's about enjoying life differently. 
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Daniel believes it's the impressions about blindness that are far more threatening than the blindness itself. This is a matter of the mind. He now encourages others to navigate any type of challenge by using our brains and staying present.
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For more Ted 2015: Truth or Dare Talks, I've been collecting some of my favorites on Peacock Media YouTube, or go to Ted.com.

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