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At the top, an illustration of how a normal brain works. When we look at a landscape, it is a picture of light made up of dots of colour that go from our eyes to our brain. We don't yet know what it represents. Information is treated in the left hemisphere of the brain, which compares the motifs seen with objects already in the brain, stored there over a lifetime. It isolates objects in the landscape and labels them : this large, green shape is a tree, the two lines that cross are the top of a bell tower and the horizon etc. This analysed image arrives in our consciousness and that is how we know what we see. At the bottom, illustration of how a genius brain works. If the left hemisphere doesn't do its job, the work of labelling will take longer, or.
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