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The Mind's Eye

Oliver Sacks

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. Sacks explores some very strange paradoxes-people who can see perfectly well but cannot recognize their own children, and blind people who become hyper-visual or who navigate by "tongue vision." He also considers more fundamental questions: How do we see? How do we think? How important is internal imagery-or vision, for that matter? Why is it that, although writing is only five thousand years old, humans have a universal, seemingly innate, potential for reading? The Mind's Eye is a testament to the complexity of vision and the brain and to the power of creativity and adaptation. And it provides a whole new perspective on the power of language and communication, as we try to imagine what it is to see with another person's eyes, or another person's mind. From the Hardcover edition.

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. Sacks explores some very strange paradoxes-people who can see perfectly well but cannot recognize their own children, and blind people who become hyper-visual or who navigate by "tongue vision." He also considers more fundamental questions: How do we see? How do we think? How important is internal imagery-or vision, for that matter? Why is it that, although writing is only five thousand years old, humans have a universal, seemingly innate, potential for reading? The Mind's Eye is a testament to the complexity of vision and the brain and to the power of creativity and adaptation. And it provides a whole new perspective on the power of language and communication, as we try to imagine what it is to see with another person's eyes, or another person's mind. From the Hardcover edition.
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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. Sacks explores some very strange paradoxes-people who can see perfectly well but cannot recognize their own children, and blind people who become hyper-visual or who navigate by "tongue vision." He also considers more fundamental questions: How do we see? How do we think? How important is internal imagery-or vision, for that matter? Why is it that, although writing is only five thousand years old, humans have a universal, seemingly innate, potential for reading? The Mind's Eye is a testament to the complexity of vision and the brain and to the power of creativity and adaptation. And it provides a whole new perspective on the power of language and communication, as we try to imagine what it is to see with another person's eyes, or another person's mind. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Richard Davidson

Length:

8h 48m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:28


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:49


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:58


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:00


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:14


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:49


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:22


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:50


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:57


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:35


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:04


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:46


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:46


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:42


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:36


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:22


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:31


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:56


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:57


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:44


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:22


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:31


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:33


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:56


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:43


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:53


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:39


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:41


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:29


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:31


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:48


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:45


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:53


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:31


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:48


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:39


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:44


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:37


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:07


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:46


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:41


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:00


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:38


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:52


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:22


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:28


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:53


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:58


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:40


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:03


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:16


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:49


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:20


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:30


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:13


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:15


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:20


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:54


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:05


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:48


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:45


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:37


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:40


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:23


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:57


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:42


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:52


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:58


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:06


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:18


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:52


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:39


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:13


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:01


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:33


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:26


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:42


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:17


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:45


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:00


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:21


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:09


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:33


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:46


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:29


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:28


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:31


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:26


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:46


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:11


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:59


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:54


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:30


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:34


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:27


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:15


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:19


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:35


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:59


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:37


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

02:48


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

02:51


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:15


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:51


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:43


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:42


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:41


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:44


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:20


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:26


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:16


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:57


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:49


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:53


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:58


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:14


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:57


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:48


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:08


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:12


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

03:57


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:28


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

01:13