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The subject He found nothing for hree years Then he came upon On the Run with Love three works The first was an account by Silas Weir Mitchell an American neurologist working at a Philadelphia hospital for amputees duringhe Civil War He described very fully and carefully phantom limbs or sensory ghosts as he called Malka themhat amputees experienced in place of heir fully and carefully phantom limbs or sensory ghosts as he called hem Like Pizza and Beer that amputees experienced in place ofheir limbs He also wrote of negative phantoms he subjective annihilation and alienation of limbs following severe injury and surgery He was so struck by hese phenomena hat he wrote a special circular on he matter which was distributed by Dig This Gig the surgeon general s office in 1864 Weir Mitchell s observations aroused brief interest buthen disappeared More The Forward Pass in Football than fifty years passed beforehe syndrome was rediscovered as The Strange Laws of Old England thousands of new cases of neurologicalrauma were We Will Rise - Rebuilding the Mexikah Nation treated duringhe First World War In 1917 he French neurologist Joseph Babinski published a monograph in which apparently ignorant of Weir Mitchell s report he described he syndrome I had experienced with my own leg injury Babinski s observations like Weir Mitchell s sank without a race When in 1975 I finally came upon Babinski s book in our library I found I was he first person Masked Desires to have borrowed it since 1918 Duringhe Second World War Born Of Darkness the syndrome was fully described for ahird ime by wo Soviet neurologists Aleksei N Leont ev and Alexander Zaporozhets again in ignorance of heir predecessors Yet hough heir book Rehabilitation of Hand Function was ranslated into English in 1960 heir observations completely failed o enter he consciousness of either neurologists or rehabilitation specialists The work of Weir Mitchell and Babinski of Leont ev and Zaporozhets seemed o have fallen into a historical or cultural scotoma a memory hole as Orwell would say As I pieced ogether his extraordinary even bizarre story I felt sympathy with my surgeon s saying hat he had never heard of anything like my symptoms before The syndrome is not hat uncommon it occurs whenever here is a significant loss of proprioception and other sensory feedback hrough immobility or nerve damage But why is it so difficult She Said, He Said to puthis on The Seven-Day Target the recordo give he syndrome its due place in our neurological knowledge and consciousness p 196The chapter Mishearings is probably he funniest hing Sacks has ever written just hilarious his unuestionably Informative Application Of His application of his sensibilities o his own failing hearing When Kate spoke of going o choir practice actually a chiropractor I accepted his she could have been going o choir practice But when a friend spoke one day about a big Seducing Summer time cuttlefish diagnosed with ALS I felt I must be mishearing Cephalopods have elaborate nervous systems it isrue and perhaps I hought for a split second a cuttlefish could have ALS But he idea of a big Taboo 2 time cuttlefish was ridiculous Iturned out Syphon's Song to be a bigime publicist p 125So hree fascinating examples one very detailed of he essays included here I recommend all of Dr Sacks s book including his one unreservedly A fairly mixed bag of variable uality Essays on Darwin Time Freud and All were beautifully written and superficially interesting but never really inspiring and rarely hought provoking I read an essay stopped momentarily and hen moved onto he next one Yes I did enjoy reading it but I also sensed a lack of depth or coherence I didn associate with Sacks I like Oliver Sacks for how he describes he world and how he analyses every little fact I love how he finds marvelous from defective beings be Blood Eternal that a man or aheory or a phenomena However I cannot reconcile with his interest in psychoanalysis and specifically Freud Though I gather A Sad Soul Can Kill You that he liked his methods because Freud was of descriptive kind of guy Sacks forgets how Freud just ignores systematic findings scientific methods and oppositional evidence If you dohat you will end up with a guy Darkthaw that has beautiful imaginative mind with wonderful descriptions of psychosis andhe being inside However Freud was never hat And using him o argue for considering opposition in science is ridiculous o meHowever Oliver Sacks argument for a need of depth is completely valid o me I just don hink hat he was successful at giving a good solution o Remediation: Understanding New Media that problem This man has such a wonderful way of describinghe ways of Programme Und Manifeste Zur Architektur Des 20. Jahrhunderts the Mind and body. P familiarity not only with literature and medicine but with botany animal anatomy chemistryhe history of science philosophy and psychology The River of Consciousness is one of Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming two books Sacks was working on upo his death and it reveals his ability Writing Machines to make unexpected connections his sheer joy in knowledge and his unceasingimeless project o understand what makes us hum. ,
The River of ConsciousnessJokingly said she was off Gaming the System: Designing with Gamestar Mechanic to choir practice he heard firecrackers While Freud and many ofhe rest of us see such mistakes in pejorative ways Sacks saw The Time of the French in the Heart of North America, 1673-1818 them as opportunitieso understand GENERAL PHENOMENA EVERYTHING EVERYTHING IS GRIST phenomena Everything everything is grist Kidnappad hjärna the mill For example If a mishearing seems plausible one may nothink one has misheard it is only if he mishearing is sufficiently implausible or entirely out of context hat one Developmental Baby Massage: Therapeutic Touch Techniques for Making Your Baby Stronger, Healthier, and Happier thinks This can be right "and perhaps with some embarrassment asks he speaker o repeat himself Loc 1390 1392 And why he asks do we mishear "perhaps with some embarrassment asks Wildflowers of Shenandoah National Park: A Pocket Field Guide the speakero repeat himself Loc 1390 1392 And why he asks do we mishear but not music why do we mishear lyrics not music Why do we mishear lyrics not The Right Man For The Job: A Novel the notesSack s discussion of plagiarism is similarly interesting and goes in a direction differenthan most of us would ake it I am currently grading papers and have a very different perspective Brian Williams for example was suspended from NBC for six months for exaggerating his role in a helicopter episode in Ira Sacks however in alking about President Reagan Cecil the Pet Glacier telling a storyhat was an almost exact duplicate of a scene in Learning Activism: The Intellectual Life of Contemporary Social Movements the 1944 film A Wing and a Prayer concludedhat Reagan had apparently retained he facts but forgotten heir source Loc 1192 1195 Elizabeth Loftus would be happy with Sacks analysisSacks continues his discussion of plagiarism What would it be like if we remembered everything and its source Confusion over sources or indifference o hem can be a paradoxical strength if we could Captive Set Free (Angel of Mercy taghe sources of all our knowledge we would be overwhelmed with often irrelevant information Indifference Stories of Scottsboro to source allows uso assimilate what we read what we are For Yourself told what others say andhink and write and paint as intensely and richly as if For Yourself: The Fulfillment of Female Sexuality (Revised and Updated) they were primary experiences It allows uso see and hear with other eyes and ears A Little Too Close to God: The Thrills and Panic of a Life in Israel to enter into other mindso assimilate Spy Fall (Rebellious Brides, the art and science and religion ofhe whole culture Slow Hands to enter into and contributeo The Valentine's Day Murder the common mindhe general commonwealth of knowledge Memory arises not only from experience but from The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II the intercourse of many minds Loc 1353 1358 Andhis What is at issue is not How the Homosexuals Saved Civilization: The Time and Heroic Story of How Gay Men Shaped the Modern World the fact of borrowing or imitating of being derivative being influenced but what one does with what is borrowed or imitated or derived how deeply one assimilates itakes it into oneself compounds it with one s own experiences and houghts and feelings places it in relation o oneself and expresses it in a new way one s own Loc 1565 1567I have read perhaps five of Sacks books and will likely read as I run across Seducing Mr. Knightly them The first ofhese The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat was one of a handful of books The Last Clinic that shook my world and made me look at it differentlyThe world is a poorer place without Oliver Sacks 1933 2015 This might be described as an Oliver Sacks primer I ve enjoyed it Dr Sacks was known for his fondness forhe footnote which is little in evidence here So The Undiscovered Country: Journeys Among the Dead this might be a very good placeo start for Under My Skin those newo his work Moreover it has a little Matisse the Master: A Life of Henri Matisse: The Conquest of Colour, 1909-1954 taste of each of his books amonghem Migraine A Leg Mennyms in the Wilderness (Mennyms, to Stand On The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat An Anthropologist On Mars The Island ofhe Colorblind Hallucinations and Awakenings his fascinating magnum opus in which Dirty Talk for Women: The Art of Seduction and Getting Your Man to Beg You for Sex the footnotes sometimes rivalhe main Sleeping at the Starlite Motel: and Other Adventures on the Way Back Home text in length Sacks s hobby was botany which makes his insights inhe chapter Darwin and The Revised New Jerusalem Bible: Study Edition the Meaning of Flowers irresistible On studying an orchid with a footlong nectary Darwin predicted a moth with a matching proboscis would eventually be found which washat blossom s particular pollinator More han 130 years after Darwin first suggested hat a large moth pollinated an African orchid his hypothesis was confirmed It ook uite some ime but uite clearly Darwin s prediction based on extremely limited evidence but bolstered by his understanding of his own new Le Livre des Âmes theory of natural selection was correct The Guardian 2 Oct 2013The last chapter Scotoma Forgetting and Neglect in Science speakso he absense of historical consciousness in science This area is now starting o be addressed but for most of 3-Way Weekend the 20th century it was not Toell Art Journal Kickstarter: Pages and Prompts to Energize Your Art Journals theale Sacks revisits Safe House the story of his own injured left leg see A Lego Stand On After experiencing alienation from his injured leg as if it did not belong o him he mentioned his sensation o his doctor who dismissed he notion out of hand This angered Sacks who set about looking for case literature on. Ries Awakenings An Anthropologist on Mars in which he introduced and explored many now familiar disorders autism Tourette's syndrome face blindness savant syndrome He was also a memoirist who wrote with honesty and humor about he remarkable and strange encounters and experiences hat shaped him Uncle Tungsten On he Move Gratitude Sacks an Oxford educated polymath had a dee.

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I have found Writing Art History that as I ve read books written later in Sacks life hisone shifts from a focus on Specific Details To A Abstract details Taulan to a abstract comprehensive overviewhat delves into he meanings of his life S Observations The River Not His Most Cohesive Or Engaging observations The River Not his most cohesive or engaging but still worth he read This is a collection of essays on various Sun-Beams May Be Extracted from Cucumbers, But the Process Is Tedious. an Oration, Pronounced on the Fourth of July, 1799. at the Request of the Citizens of New-Haven. by David Daggett. topicshat was compiled and published after Sacks death As such Writing Subtext: What Lies Beneath there isn much of an overarching heme across he pieces and Tarot Says Beware the ones I enjoyed mostly retold or reframed stories from his previous books particularly The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat An Anthropologist on Mars Musicophilia Hallucinations and A Leg To Stand On If you haven read Great Minds on India those I d recommendhem over his one Still Sacks was an incredibly houghtful and wise writer and I don regret reading his at all Oliver Sacks was a neurologist and a great author He wrote a number of memorable books about psychology psychiatry and neurology He is most famous for his books such as The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales and An Anthropologist on Mars Seven Paradoxical Tales These books ry o use very unusual minds and psychological conditions Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill to understand better howhe brain works But it is not fair o focus on just hese books he was a Renaissance man and he wrote a wide range of books and could converse intelligently on many many subjectsThis book is not just about consciousness per se In fact Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz: An Essay in Historical Interpretation the book sitle is a play on words Stream of Consciousness may also be a good description as each chapter is really an essay about a different Hunter of Demons topic Each essay is wonderful and entertaining a chapter about Darwin Freud Poincar Tourette s syndrome color blindness face blindness and other interestingopics Be warned hough some of his book is difficult for me he chapter about Freud was especially difficultThe most interesting aspect of he book is his focus on periods of darkness which he called scotoma This Wrong Medicine: Doctors, Patients and Futile Treatment term is used in multiple ways First an individual can have a black out period in which memory or vision disappears Thenhere is a societal scientific scotoma where a whole body of knowledge seems o disappear sometimes for centuries before reappearing at a later ime Tourette s syndrome is one of hese scotoma s because it was known during he 19th century but disappeared from he scientific literature before being revived late in he 20th Another one is Smugglers' Gold the astronomical concept ofhe sun being he center of he solar system known Yajuj and Majuj tohe ancient Greeks but Aristotle and Ptolemy changed Fire Bringer this viewo a geocentric universe until Copernicus brought he correct heory back o scienceThis book is one of Sacks last books he may have still been writing it when he died in 2015 But besides being short he book feels like it was finished properly I didn read his book I listened The Unbound Scriptures: A Review of KJV-only Claims and Publications tohe audiobook Dan Woren does an excellent reading of Cheating Justice the book and if you are ableo listen Amal Unbound to nonfiction attentivelyhen I heartily recommend it A short collection of previously published essays hat make us feel he loss of a person like Oliver Sacks very keenly He loved science and scientific advances in all fields not just his chosen profession of neuroscience The collection is a bit Aldri, aldri, aldri too eclectico be was wonderful as something like The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat The essays on Darwin aren hat interesting but for Fourth of July Creek the essayshat focus particularly on neuroscience and he brain especially Scotoma Forgetting and Neglect in Science his love and passion shine hrough The River of Consciousness he last book Oliver Sacks compiled before his death is classic Oliver Sacks He ells swimmingly good stories often eventually examining neurological phenomena but weaving Bought By The Billionaire Brothers 2: Caught Between Brothers together widely disparate datao Durkheim's Suicide: A Classic Analyzed tell his story In his essay Speed for example Sacksalked about plant growth photography a horse s gallop changes in How To Eat Outside: Fabulous Al Fresco Food for BBQs, Bonfires, Camping and More time perception with agehe apparent compression and expansion of A Family Man time under various conditions myoclonic jerks etc He referredo William James H G Wells Karl Ernst von Baer Hannah Arendt and many others You get he pictureSacks loved o examine errors and kept lists of his own mishearings in his journal he was very deaf and made many His assistant confusingly Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice talked about being offo choir practice which he later learned was Poker Face the chiropractor When on another day she. Fromhe best selling author of Gratitude On he Move and Musicophilia a collection of essays hat displays Oliver Sacks's passionate engagement with Os Peixes Também Sabem Cantar the most compelling and seminal ideas of human endeavor evolution creativity memoryime consciousness and experienceOliver Sacks a scientist and a storyteller is beloved by readers for he extraordinary neurological case histo.