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The Mind's Eye - Oliver Sacks
The Mind's Eye
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From the author of the #1 national bestselling Musicophilia comes a truly visionary book: an exploration of the remarkable, unpredictable ways that our brains cope with the loss of sight by finding new forms of perception to create worlds as complete and rich as the no-longer-visible world.... show more
From the author of the #1 national bestselling Musicophilia comes a truly visionary book: an exploration of the remarkable, unpredictable ways that our brains cope with the loss of sight by finding new forms of perception to create worlds as complete and rich as the no-longer-visible world. Following the phenomenal success of his international bestseller Musicophilia, the inimitable Oliver Sacks returns with another book on the extraordinary interaction between our brain and our senses — in this case, vision. In The Mind's Eye, Sacks examines questions ranging from the primary experiences of how we perceive depth or color or motion to the complex matter of how different individuals have varied ways of thinking and experiencing or recreating the visual world. Like The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and An Anthropologist on Mars, Sacks's new book is based primarily on individual stories — including Sacks's own experience of an ocular tumor that left him unable to perceive depth. As always, he embeds these case histories in a rich historical and scientific context. Sacks goes beyond basic vision to explore perception, hallucination and the power of visualization, as well as the ocular effects of migraine, epilepsy and other conditions. Oliver Sacks is our perfect guide to the visual world, a realm that, it turns out, is much, much more complicated than we could have imagined. From the Hardcover edition.
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Format: ebook
ISBN: 9780307366368 (0307366367)
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Pages no: 256
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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