The Weekend Herald has just published two stories, including a feature, on 36 year old Fijian Indian Sukit Kumar, who spent over six years of his life in a chicken coop after his parents died. It is a very sad story, but one that possibly may have a happy ending. Sujit’s brain appears to be responding to human speech and he is starting to understand people.
The story is interesting from a knowledge management perspective, in that there is a detailed discussion about neuroplasticity. This is very serendipitous – as I just finished an article myself about young people and wine where I mentioned brain plasticity as an important factor in shaping our ideas, attitudes and tastes.