Oliver Sacks on Humans and Myth-making

by Brokeback Watchtower 7 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • Brokeback Watchtower

    So sad he is no longer with us !

    Loved his book "Musicophilia" and currently reading "On the Move - a Life"

  • Diogenesister

    Thank you Brokeback for the post. I watched this with my 9 yr old son, introduced him to the wonderful Oliver Sachs. I read "the man who mistook his wife for a hat" and musicophillia many years ago - loved him ever since.😎 guy!!

  • Xanthippe

    Thanks for this. I agree I have an almost religious feeling for nature. Nature, walking in woods, seeing the ocean, being in my garden, these things nourish my spirit. As Oliver Sacks says I too am at home in nature. I don't need anything supernatural and as he says there is a sense of mystery and awe still in wondering what the universe is all about. He starts of saying mankind has always been this way, looking up at the stars and wondering what it's all about and still awe and mystery remain.

    It's the polarisation of ideas that frustrates. Why is it either scientific explanations or mysterious, awesome things? Just because something is as yet unexplained we need not dismiss it as supernatural or superstition. Data should be examined not dismissed because it doesn't fit. Anything else is confirmation bias.

  • Oubliette

    Great short video. Thanks for sharing.

    I too read The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

    Sacks had a wonderful way of telling these odd stories of people with unusual brain maladies. He could take medical issues and relate them in layman's terms with clarity and compassion.

  • LV101

    Thank you - really enjoyed.

  • Brokeback Watchtower
    Brokeback Watchtower

    I don't seem to know him or his works as many on this board. I like his study of music and I have seem a good movie on some of the stuff he said about music and those that have suffered some type of brain injury:



  • Half banana
    Half banana
    Thanks Brokeback, I have read many of his books including Uncle Tungsten, The Island of the Colour-blind and more recently a terrific one on Hallucinations. They are never judgemental, always full of compassion and have a profound understanding of what it is to be human. Oliver Sacks embodied a clear humanist voice and shows how a serious study of neuroscience is revelatory, fascinating and useful.

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