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This gave me an understanding of people who insist that blindness or deafness are not "disabilities. WordPress Shortcode. No Downloads. While Sacks never mentions the parallel, it sounds much like Plato's Parable of the Cave, and gives me new insight into the attitude of the chained prisoners who don't want to be freed or taken from the cave. Someone living their whole life in a dense rainforest who is brought out to a wide empty plain, may reach out to touch the mountaintops with their hands; no concept of how far away they are. Seven Paradoxical Tales OR.
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Actions Shares. Embeds 0 No embeds. No notes for slide. The most interesting aspect is how Sacks, like a detective, tries to figure out what is going on in their brains. Each of the seven people is special, and different.
One of them is an artist who had an accident, and as a result became completely color-blind! He had to learn how to cope with his new handicap, and continue being a very creative artist.
This case is singular for two reasons; first, almost all people who are color-blind are born that way, and second, very few people are completely color-blind like this artist. Another chapter is about a blind man who undergoes eye operations and can suddenly see, for the first time since early childhood. Even though he regains his sight, he has trouble integrating what he sees into a coherent world-view. Yet another chapter is about a surgeon with Tourette's syndrome. He has numerous and bizarre tics and habits, which his family and his community has grown to accept.
He also flies a plane!
But when he is in surgery, or when he flies, his strange behavior is temporarily suspended and acts quite normally. Two of the chapters are about autistic people: Steve is a youth who has an amazing artistic talent. He is capable of taking in a scene in a few seconds, and later drawing it in detail. He also has a remarkable musical talent. The last chapter is the amazing story about Temple Grandin , a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and well-known author of books about autism and animal behavior.
While Temple Grandin freely admits not being able to understand human behavior, emotions, and social cues and communications, she is able to articulate her mode of thinking and her outlook on life to a remarkable degree. I've read a number of books by Oliver Sacks--this one is my favorite!
Oct 25, Nandakishore Varma rated it it was amazing. This was my first introduction to Sacks, and the fascinating world of neural disorders. The colour-blind artist, the man who kept on painting the same place from memory, the man without long term memory, the autistic professor - I found all the tales absolutely rivetting.
It expands the human capacity to better understand the strengths and capabilities of what we might consider a pathology. These real stories really move you and instill some much-needed optimism to whatever seemingly negative traits or deficiencies you might possess or carry that are considered abnormal compared to the traits enjoyed by the mass. Whether yourself, a family member or a friend is Matching the "7 Wonders of the Ancient World", this book delves into the "7 Wonders of the Human World".
Whether yourself, a family member or a friend is colorblind or autistic, suffer from a cerebral blindness or Tourette's or became one fine day amnesiac and wouldn't be able to recollect anything happening to you till the rest of your life; this book shows how humans are fine-tuned to "adapt" to such circumstances above our expectations.
For some reason, the essays of Oliver Sacks don't rock my world. He's got the attention-grabbing title thing down pat, and each case study does have a kernel of interest. I have never denied being shallow. If you're in the mood for fu For some reason, the essays of Oliver Sacks don't rock my world.
Nov 18, Mehrsa rated it it was amazing. Such a fascinating and illuminating book.
I've followed Sacks' work for a while so none of these stories were new, but the book is so well written and the analysis is brilliant. I loved the first and last stories the best--the story of color and the last of autism.
Sachs probes into the meaning of life, the nature of humanity, friendship, love, art, and intelligence by looking at neurological dysfunction. Oct 26, Siobhan rated it liked it.
An Anthropologist on Mars is one of those books that has been mentioned countless times across my academic career, with lectures and students alike constantly referencing it. For me, An Anthropologist on Mars was an interesting read. Considering how much people had enjoyed it, though, I had expected a little bit more. It covered seven interesting cases, allowing me to better understand the specific cases ment An Anthropologist on Mars is one of those books that has been mentioned countless times across my academic career, with lectures and students alike constantly referencing it.
It covered seven interesting cases, allowing me to better understand the specific cases mentioned rather than simply having the knowledge of someone who had glossed over the cases during studying. May 21, Jarrah rated it liked it Shelves: An Anthropologist on Mars is an engaging collection of seven neurological case studies that illustrate a supposed paradox - that what is perceived as disability or neurological deficit can result in amazing adaptations that make it a kind of gift.
For example, a painter sustains a brain injury that makes him unable to see colour, and after a period of initial depression and disorientation, begins to appreciate his new way of seeing, and to reproduce it in black and white art. The most famous cas An Anthropologist on Mars is an engaging collection of seven neurological case studies that illustrate a supposed paradox - that what is perceived as disability or neurological deficit can result in amazing adaptations that make it a kind of gift.
The most famous case outlined in this book is of Temple Grandin, the renowned animal scientist and autism spokesperson. But the case I found most compelling was that of Virgil, a man in his fifties blind since childhood, who regains vision through surgery and finds his entire identity and way of life destabilized.
Sacks weaves together his subjects' case histories and stories of his visits with excerpts from medical, scientific, historical, psychoanalytic and classic literature. At times it gets a little bogged down in the history of research of a particular condition, but overall it remains accessible. I don't doubt Sacks' good intentions towards his subjects - his goal was clearly to get a "normal" audience to understand his subjects' experiences and think about them as more than their disability or condition.
In a few cases it's clear Sacks provided some useful treatment and advice to the people he writes about - such as the colourblind artist he studies or Greg, "the last hippie" - a man whose brain tumour dramatically affected his memory, personality and sense of time. However, there were moments that gave me pause from an ethical perspective.
Ultimately he is profiting off stories of people who, in some cases, can't fully consent to this or appreciate his words Greg being the best example. This becomes especially problematic when he uses his expert status to override their voices. For example he describes some subjects somewhat condescendingly e. While these may all be fair medical observations, I would have been interested to know more about conversations Sacks would have had with the subjects and their advocates before publishing their stories.
This is a paradigm of a good Oliver Sacks book--several essays allowing him to move from topic to topic, occasionally returning to earlier topics, not calling for any grand theory, but noting similarities and differences. He treated autism in several places.
But the most interesting essay to me was the 4th one: The man did not have a great desire for this operation, but his fian This is a paradigm of a good Oliver Sacks book--several essays allowing him to move from topic to topic, occasionally returning to earlier topics, not calling for any grand theory, but noting similarities and differences. The man did not have a great desire for this operation, but his fiancee did--who was excited by the expanded life this man would have.
However, the story is a tragedy more than anything else. What is impressive about the story is how you come to sympathize with the man. While Sacks never mentions the parallel, it sounds much like Plato's Parable of the Cave, and gives me new insight into the attitude of the chained prisoners who don't want to be freed or taken from the cave.
The man had developed a complete world--not a world in which something was missing. So when a new dimension was opened up, there was no obvious place for it to go. Rather as though someone offered to give you an additional sense--wouldn't you want it? But the problem is how to incorporate it into the complete world that you already inhabit. This gave me an understanding of people who insist that blindness or deafness are not "disabilities. And I can see why such people do not want to be considered disabled or handicapped.
The story also made clear how sight is an achievement, not simply a window on the world, that is developed over many months, if not years, and developed at a time in brain development when space for it is provided. When that space is not used at the appropriate time, it doubtless gets devoted to other things and so the enhanced senses that we others lack. Oliver Sacks died 3 months ago today, and he is and will be sorely missed.
I hope to learn of other humanistic scientists, or scientists who are storytellers. But he was a great one. I didn't want to finish it. It was an accident, I swear. Apr 20, Eleni rated it liked it. He no longer thinks of color, pines for it, grieves its loss. He has almost come to see his achromatopsia as a strange gift, one that has ushered him into a new state of sensibility and being. Through his writing, Oliver Sacks connects his own subjects to their surrounding contexts seamlessly and introduces me to a different angle of the ways of the brain.
And in An Anthropologist On Mars he does it again.
This book is an extremely interesting account of seven odd, mind-bending neurological cases that Sacks, again, approaches with care, sensitivity and personal feel. My only complaint, having also read his excellent Man who mistook his wife for a hat , is that the Anthropologist felt a little dry by comparison.
A fascinating introduction to the quirks of the human mind by a highly acclaimed scientist and wonderful author. Definitely recommended but read the Man as well. Fascinating reading of seven case histories of people with neurological disorders including Temple Grandin who is autistic and the author of Emergence, Labeled Autistic which I read several years ago and loved.