Just under 17 years ago, Jason Padgett, a former futon salesman from Alaska was attacked and robbed by two men outside a karaoke bar but once the man
Just under 17 years ago, Jason Padgett, a former futon salesman from Alaska was attacked and robbed by two men outside a karaoke bar but once the man got home he surprisingly had this crazy inclination with numbers.
Jason was never into math. He was a shallow type man, his life rotated around girls, partying, drinking, waking up with a hangover and then going out and chasing girls and going out to bars again. He also used to say that math is stupid and it cannot be used in the real world.
On the night of September 13, 2002, Friday, everything changed.
While he was out partying with some friends, Jason was attacked and robbed by two men outside a karaoke bar, they took his already torn out leather jacket and ran away.
Based on his recollection of the event, he felt a low-pitched thud as the first guy ran behind and smashed him in the back of his head and just like that he saw a white light puff like someone had taken a picture. The next morning he was already in a hospital bed. He was staggered to a nearby hospital across the street where he was told that he had a concussion and a bleeding kidney. They gave him a shot of pain medication and sent him home.
Once home, his behavior suddenly changed. He had a sustained traumatic brain injury which resulted to Obsessive – Compulsive Behavior or OCD. He became terrified with the outside world and can only find comfort at home. Though he was experiencing some negative consequences from the incident that happened, another inclination has also emerged. He started seeing things. “Everything that was curved looked like it was slightly pixelated,” he explains. “Water coming down the drain didn’t look like it was a smooth, flowing thing anymore, it looked like these little tangent lines. I would always describe that math was shapes not numbers and that was the first time I’d heard anybody but me talk about what numbers looked like,” says Padgett.
Because of these visions, Padgett began to think about huge questions in relation to mathematics and physics. Given his hermit-like existence at that time, the internet became a valuable source of information to him as he read extensively about mathematics online.
After three and a half years of living like a virtual hermit, going to school changed everything for Padgett. He started to get psychological help for his OCD and even met the woman who would become his wife.
The two men who attacked him that fateful September night were never convicted despite Padgett identifying them and pressing charges.