The Mind’s Eye

är en bok av neurologen Oliver Sacks som kommer i oktober:

In The Mind’s Eye, Oliver Sacks tells the stories of people who are able to navigate the world and communicate with others despite losing what many of us consider indispensable senses and abilities: the power of speech, the capacity to recognize faces, the sense of three-dimensional space, the ability to read, the sense of sight. For all of these people, the challenge is to adapt to a radically new way of being in the world.

There is Lilian, a concert pianist who becomes unable to read music and is eventually unable even to recognize everyday objects, and Sue, a neurobiologist who has never seen in three dimensions, until she suddenly acquires stereoscopic vision in her fifties.

There is Pat, who reinvents herself as a loving grandmother and active member of her community, despite the fact that she has aphasia and cannot utter a sentence, and Howard, a prolific novelist who must find a way to continue his life as a writer even after a stroke destroys his ability to read.

And there is Dr. Sacks himself, who tells the story of his own eye cancer and the bizarre and disconcerting effects of losing vision to one side.

I en intervju berättar Sacks om sin ögoncancer:

I also had — and still have — almost continuous hallucinations of a low order: geometric things, especially broken letters, some of them like English letters, some like Hebrew letters, some like Greek, some runes, and some a bit like numbers. They tend to have straight lines rather than curves, but they rarely form actual words. This is not something I said in the book, but if I smoke a little pot, they sometimes become words. And they tend to be in black and white — but when I smoke a little pot, they’re in color.

3 Responses to “The Mind’s Eye”


  1. 1 Daniel Halvarsson september 2, 2010 kl. 11:36 f m

    Oj vad spännande!

  2. 2 Niklas Elert september 2, 2010 kl. 11:41 f m

    Att du får ser dina svartvita hallucinationer i färg om du röker gräs, menar du?

  3. 3 Nalle september 2, 2010 kl. 9:18 e m

    Oliver Sachs har skrivit flera andra uppmärksammade böcker om liknande fall som belyse hjärnans otroliga komplexitet och vad det kan få för bisarra konsekvenser.


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Jag som bloggar här heter Niklas Elert. Till vardags jobbar jag på Ratio - Näringslivets forskningsinstitut. Jag är liberal i sociala och ekonomiska frågor.

Jag skriver för diverse tidningar på mer eller mindre regelbunden basis och har flera kreativa strängar på min lyra. Jag och min gode vän Jonas Sigedal har tillsammans skapat julkalendern Kommunen och skrivit det satiriska eposet Germania som gavs ut på Hydra Förlag 2008. Kommande projekt är en science fiction-roman med arbetsnamnet Rymdsalongen.


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