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The Mind's Eye - Oliver Sacks
The Mind's Eye
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In The Mind’s Eye, Oliver Sacks tells the stories of people who are able to navigate the world and communicate with others despite losing what many of us consider indispensable senses and abilities: the power of speech, the capacity to recognize faces, the sense of three-dimensional space, the... show more
In The Mind’s Eye, Oliver Sacks tells the stories of people who are able to navigate the world and communicate with others despite losing what many of us consider indispensable senses and abilities: the power of speech, the capacity to recognize faces, the sense of three-dimensional space, the ability to read, the sense of sight. For all of these people, the challenge is to adapt to a radically new way of being in the world. There is Lilian, a concert pianist who becomes unable to read music and is eventually unable even to recognize everyday objects, and Sue, a neurobiologist who has never seen in three dimensions, until she suddenly acquires stereoscopic vision in her fifties. There is Pat, who reinvents herself as a loving grandmother and active member of her community, despite the fact that she has aphasia and cannot utter a sentence, and Howard, a prolific novelist who must find a way to continue his life as a writer even after a stroke destroys his ability to read. And there is Dr. Sacks himself, who tells the story of his own eye cancer and the bizarre and disconcerting effects of losing vision to one side. Sacks explores some very strange paradoxes—people who can see perfectly well but cannot recognize their own children, and blind people who become hyper-visual or who navigate by “tongue vision.” He also considers more fundamental questions: How do we see? How do we think? How important is internal imagery—or vision, for that matter? Why is it that, although writing is only five thousand years old, humans have a universal, seemingly innate, potential for reading? The Mind’s Eye is a testament to the complexity of vision and the brain and to the power of creativity and adaptation. And it provides a whole new perspective on the power of language and communication, as we try to imagine what it is to see with another person’s eyes, or another person’s mind.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307272089 (0307272087)
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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shell pebble
shell pebble rated it
5.0 Mysteries of the seen
These latest fascinatingly annotated case histories from Sacks are as ever made wonderful by the rich and tenderly observed personal context of each patient. Most poignantly, he writes of his own experiences of lifelong prosopagnosia (poor facial recognition and sense of direction) and the distressi...
XOX
XOX rated it
5.0 Seeing without interpreting what you see...
In this book, he gave some stories on how persons lost their "mind eye", that they see something without interpreting what it is.This happened to Pat, who after years of performing on piano, lost her ability to read music. She has to do it by memory.This also happened to a crime fiction writer who c...
ramblings
ramblings rated it
4.0 The Mind's Eye. by Oliver Sacks
Vision, as Sacks clearly shows us, is more intricate than we once thought, and so is 'blindness'. I loved his short piece on how we take peripheral vision for granted. I seemed to find the first chapters more interesting, though this might be because I am a beginner in the sciences; fascinated by th...
A little tea, a little chat
A little tea, a little chat rated it
3.0
Maybe I'm being star-miserly again, but much as I enjoyed this, it didn't contain for me the great revelations I sometimes received from some of his other books. If you are especially interested in eyes, this will be the one for you.
rosemaryknits
rosemaryknits rated it
5.0 The Mind's Eye
I will never tire of Oliver Sacks' books. The man is decidedly odd, has lived a wonderful life, has had contact with the most bizarre and amazing people and what can I say, I love his books! This one focuses on how we see things in our mind's eye - how we recognize people, places, things - or don'...
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