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69. What Sets You Apart From Other People?

Our brains are wired so that a set of familiar pieces of information, however fragmented or disordered, allow us instantly to recognise a word, a face, an object. For example, you probably won't have too much trouble reading this: Wulod you perefr to raed a parctcial tip or smoethnig taht maeks you tihnk? But what if the usual pieces of information were not available to you, would you still be able to recognise whoever or whatever it was? And if so, how? We have a little rented place in Hastings, on the south coast. There's a tiny back garden and in it you will often find Edward, a large seagull who appears with extraordinary reliability within moments of our arrival. It would be nice