The Mind's Eye
For most of us, seeing is so intrinsic that it seems closer than our fingertips. When we lose our sight or it is altered in some unexpected way, our perceptions are often reconstructed in radical ways. Oliver Sack's The Mind's Eye ventures into this dark terrain through the case histories of six... show more
For most of us, seeing is so intrinsic that it seems closer than our fingertips. When we lose our sight or it is altered in some unexpected way, our perceptions are often reconstructed in radical ways. Oliver Sack's The Mind's Eye ventures into this dark terrain through the case histories of six individuals whose lives have been affected by changes in their vision. The neurologist/ psychiatrist includes himself among the subjects, discussing his experiences after a tumor appeared in one of his eyes. As always, the author who approaches subjects with freshness of an anthropologist on Mars (a title of one of his books) illuminates a topic close at hand. A bestseller in a new paperback and NOOK Book.
Publish date: November 26th 2010
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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...
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...
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...
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.
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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