Hallucinations

Hallucinations

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Hallucinations, for most people, imply madness. But there are many different types of non-psychotic hallucination caused by various illnesses or injuries, by intoxication--even, for many people, by falling sleep. From the elementary geometrical shapes that we see when we rub our eyes to the complex swirls and blind spots and zigzags of a visual migraine, hallucination takes many forms. At a higher level, hallucinations associated with the altered states of consciousness that may come with sensory deprivation or certain brain disorders can lead to religious epiphanies or conversions. Drawing on a wealth of clinical examples from his own patients as well as historical and literary descriptions, Oliver Sacks investigates the fundamental differences and similarities of these many sorts of hallucinations, what they say about the organization and structure of our brains, how they have influenced every cultures folklore and art, and why the potential for hallucination is present in us all.

Publisher: Solon, Ohio : [Manufactured and distributed by] Findaway World, LLC, [2012]
ISBN: 9781467630085
146763008X
Branch Call Number: 616.89
Characteristics: 1 sound media player (ca. 10 hr.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.

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Jun 24, 2017

A fascinating and (seemingly) comprehensive tour through hallucinations. There is an enthusiasm in the writing that comes through and infects the listener. The reading is excellent (though not done by Sacks himself (to correct the previous comment)), even the small portions where he puts on accents to mimic quoted authors. Whether its losses of traditional senses (sight, hearing, taste) or of limbs, brain injuries, or drugs, there's nothing that is left unclear.

PimaLib_LizD May 04, 2015

Sacks' voice is wonderful to listen to, and makes his writing even more vivid. Recommended.

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