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The story follows a man who is given an experimental drug to heal brain damage caused by anoxia after he nearly drowns. The drug regenerates his damaged neurons and has the unintended side effect of exponentially improving his intellect and motor skills.

As he gets smarter and smarter, he is pursued by several government agencies. Eventually he receives a message from another super-intelligent test subject and enters into conflict with him.


-------------------------------------------------------------------------------Ted Chiang writes... The initial impulse to write "Understand" arose from an offhand remark made by my roommate in colleg...

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