When TEDxTeen presenter, Jacob Barnett, was two years old, he was diagnosed with autism. His mind approaches the world differently, and many said that because of this he would never be able to learn, think or even tie his shoes.
This challenge didn’t stop Jacob. Instead, his parents encouraged his interest in math and science and they began noticing changes. His unique way of thinking led him to university by age eight. His parents, and the rest of the university, were shocked when he sat in on lectures and didn’t just sit and learn – he jumped right into scientific discussion. And now Jake has embarked on his most ambitious project yet – his own ‘expanded version of Einstein’s theory of relativity’.
In his TEDxTeen talk, titled “Forget what you know”, Jacob asks us all to do something for 24 hours: to stop learning. He says, “in order to succeed, you must look at everything with your unique perspective, and not settle for accepting the straight facts.”