Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Dyslexia Through The Looking Glass

I was listening to a guy called Dr. Gabor Maté on this hippy liberal radio/tv show called Democracy Now. He was mainly discussing the correlation between people having been abused as children and drug addiction, but he also discussed several other disorders such as ADD that he believes also stem from trauma in early childhood development, and not genetics.

The more I listened to him, the more I believed that a little theory, a little hypothesis of my own that I have been turning over in my head for a while, may have more validity than I ever imagined.

I have been contemplating the idea that mirrors are the cause of dyslexia, that those of us who were exposed more to mirrors as babies and young children are more likely to have signs and symptoms of dyslexia.

Mirror + Baby = Dyslexia

A couple of things point me in this direction. One, most dyslexic people are of average or above average intelligence. This intelligence, this ability to learn, could very well be the thing causing the problem. A sponge will soak up gasoline just as well as it will soak up water, but most rocks won't soak up either. Does that make any sense? Two, the very nature of the disorder along with an increase in the number of people showing symptoms taking into account the increase in the number of mirrors per capita in the last 100 years.

Of course, I am me, and I don't have any kind of psychology, physiology, or even a pimpology degree. I am not any kind of doctor, and without any kind of credentials, I am not very likely to land any kind of serious grant money to study this hypothesis. Moreover, even if I did conduct some sort of airtight scientific study, everyone would probably ignore it... I don't even wear glasses, and the mirror industry probably has some pretty strong lobbying power in Washington.

If you are studying these kinds of things, and or you are Dr. Gabor Maté, I really think you should pursue this hypothesis. Of course, I would like some of the credit, and maybe some money if you win the Nobel Prize or a MacArthur Genius Grant or something.

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P.P.S. I used to show more signs of dyslexia when I was better looking and looked at myself in the mirror all day long, so if you are dyslexic, stop looking at yourself in the mirror, and your dyslexia will probably go away. That's right girl! Turn your back on that mirror!

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P.P.P.P.S. I think Democracy Now should change their name to Democrazy Now. It's a little catchier.


Anonymous said...


further proof
Theo Huxtable was really cocky, so it stands to reason he would look in the mirror a lot

Anonymous said...

maybe a new form of dyslexia will surface that has to do with the computer cameras flipping the image... it will be traceable on blogs..... over time people will increasingly start dropping and flipping things here and there due to this new form of late-onset dyslexia


Anonymous said...

I hope that lady in the picture's hindquarters doesn't catch dyslexia and start sucking poop into her butt hole

Anonymous said...

Did you know that difficulty reading analog clocks is a sign of dyslexia? That would support your theory. But what about Einstein? Do you think he looked at his hair in the mirror a lot? Also, holding one's pencil incorrectly is another sign of dyslexia. I'm not sure where that falls.

Dick Sapp said...

This is an outstanding theory, Chuck. I, Myself, also have no formal credentials. But as a young ankle biter was always fascinated with mirrors. Now in my adult life I have recently learned that I posses the ability to write anything in mirror-image. That is, if'n I know how to spell it. Maybe it is some super-genius Da Vincian power I hold, but, it does take me a little extra time than it should to read an anolog clock... so maybe I'm just dyslexic from staring in the mirror too damn much.

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