Posts Tagged: Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks: Scientist, Seer, Sympathizer

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Oliver Sacks brought neuroscience closer to popular understanding and in turn, brought people closer to each other. At The Toast, Laura Passin’s thoughtful tribute to Sacks by way of memoir:

What he conveys in so many of his great case studies–is not a lurid thrill at the exotic mental experience, but an urgent need to reassess what we know about being human… Maybe it’s my own idiosyncrasies talking, but nothing could have had a greater impact on my ability to connect with my mother than to think of us as living in slightly askew universes.

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Migraines, Music, and Drugs: Oliver Sacks on Hallucinations

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NPR Books has a fascinating interview with Oliver Sacks on his new book Hallucinations.

An excerpt on hallucinations during migraines:

…At least on two occasions, I’ve had a smell — in particular a smell of hot buttered toast — with a strong sense that I was about 3 years old, being put in a high chair, and about to be given hot buttered toast.

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