We conjure up images in our heads in order to remember, to solve problems, or to navigate. But one strange medical case suggests that there are other ways to open the mind's eye.
One day in 2005, a retired building surveyor in Edinburgh
visited his doctor
with a strange complaint:
His mind’s eye had suddenly
The surveyor, referred to
as MX by his doctors, was 65
at the time. He had always
felt that he possessed an
exceptional talent for picturing
things in his mind.
The skill had come in handy
in his job, allowing MX to
recall the fine details of the
buildings he surveyed. Just
before drifting off to sleep,
he enjoyed running through
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