Daniel Kish: The Real Daredevil

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The real Daredevil doesn’t live in the pages of a comic book. The real Daredevil isn’t on Netflix. Meet the real Daredevil, Daniel Kish. With season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil landing on Netflix yesterday fans everywhere are binge watching the series as you read this. But the “man without fear” is nothing more than an imaginary creation from Stan Lee, Bill Everett and Jack Kirby. What Lee, Everett and Kirby didn’t realize is there would actually be a real Daredevil walking among us in 2016.

In the popular Marvel comic and Netflix original series, Matt Murdock becomes blind after an accident involving radioactive chemicals that not only take his sight but also heightens his other senses. The accident gives Murdock a radar like ability to see the world around him, very much like echolocation. It’s easy to dismiss the story as comic book fantasy but the real Daredevil, Daniel Kish, does nearly exactly this to see the world around him.

Kish uses echolocation to form a picture of the world around him so that he can navigate more easily and without assistance. Using his mouth to emit a clicking sound he listens for the echoes that bounce back which form the picture of the object he’s sending the click to. OK, so Kish isn’t a crime fighting badass but his echolocation ability is amazing. It’s a fascinating story and one better told by Kish himself, so take a look at the TED talk Kish gave last year, it is well worth thirteen minutes of your time.

Daniel Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old, but has learned to “see” using a form of echolocation. He clicks his tongue and sends out flashes of sound that bounce off surfaces in the environment and return to him, helping him to construct an understanding of the space around him. In a rousing talk, Kish demonstrates how this works and asks us to let go of our fear of the “dark unknown.”

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  Source: TED YouTube
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