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Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, Revised and Expanded Edition (urspr publ 2007; utgåvan 2008)

av Oliver Sacks (Författare)

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Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does--humans are a musical species. Oliver Sacks's compassionate, compelling tales of people struggling to adapt to different neurological conditions have fundamentally changed the way we think of our own brains, and of the human experience. Here, he examines the powers of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians, and everyday people. Music is irresistible, haunting, and unforgettable, and Oliver Sacks tells us why.--From publisher description.… (mer)
Medlem:Cromwellsbooks
Titel:Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, Revised and Expanded Edition
Författare:Oliver Sacks (Författare)
Info:Vintage (2008), Edition: Revised & enlarged, 425 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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How music affects individuals with conditions such as Tourette's or Parkinson's disease is astonishing and yet the benefits are far more widespread as Sacks explains. Even the author used music after a severe leg injury while climbing when he had to "row" himself down the mountain to the beat of marching or rowing songs that coincidentally alleviated the anxiety. Weeks later he learned to walk again with the the help of music: the natural rhythm and melody of walking came back to me". Music lovers will understand the results. An interesting book but lacking an aspect I hoped for. ( )
  VivienneR | Dec 23, 2020 |
This book had a great premise, how music affects the brain. However, I found the book disjointed. It reminded me of somebody with ADD who can't focus on one subject long enough to finish it! The book was disjointed with every 2-3 paragraphs changing topics, while I felt the previous paragraphs were not resolved. I read 100/400 pages. This was DNF for me ( )
  Tess_W | Nov 21, 2020 |
Com a mesma marca de compaixão e erudição de O Homem Que Confundiu a Mulher com um Chapéu, Oliver Sacks explora o lugar que a música ocupa no cérebro e como é que ela afecta a condição humana. Em Musicofilia, o autor apresenta uma variedade daquilo que designa por «desalinhamentos musicais». Entre eles: um homem atingido por um relâmpago que subitamente deseja ser pianista aos quarenta e dois anos; um grupo de crianças com síndrome de Williams, que desde a nascença são hiper-musicais; pessoas com «amusia», para quem uma sinfonia soa a ruído de panelas; e um homem cuja memória dura apenas sete segundos excepto quando se trata de música. ( )
  LuisFragaSilva | Nov 8, 2020 |
This just felt anecdotal to me. There's a blurb on the back cover from Newsweek that says - "Sacks spins one fascinating tale after another to show what happens when music and the brain mix it up." Yes, exactly but what is the glue and what is the insight or the takeaway? Sure, parts were interesting but not felt like a litany of "this, then this, then this" without much of a thread to unify it all. ( )
  shaundeane | Sep 13, 2020 |
Perhaps I should stop reading Oliver Sacks, because I think I had the same problems with The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat. He’s a beautiful writer, warm and compassionate, clearly interested in the oddities of the brain, and good at conveying psychological information. There was a lot in the book that was illuminating or at least interesting, and I learned a lot about how weird the brain can get and how separated processes are in it. On these counts, Sacks is praised for good reason.

But there were two issues that lowered my enjoyment. First, while the case studies and anecdotes are interesting, I was hoping for more depth in the science and discussions, some progression in his style since Man Who Mistook His Wife, and Sacks kept returning to past books or moments of his life for them too, which got to feel almost a bit repetitive and self-congratulatory.

And second—and this is the big one, guys—Sacks’ acceptance of the non-neurotypical is imperfect, and that’s what really lost me. It’s not even more than a few instances of ableist language, but it’s there. Stuff like how people with X aren’t normal or can’t do something, or using and quoting outdated terms for people with developmental delays (which have become slurs), or in a few instances, turning his stories almost into pity-porn.

Now, it could be that he’s using clinical definitions of “normal” and “ability” and the slurs* and I, in my cynical laywoman’s way, am reading too much into things, or it could be a generational difference or the fact that discourse around this stuff has progressed since the book was published, I don’t know. I can say that this is a fairly long book full of descriptions of the neurodiverse and clinical wordings that aren’t ableist, so we know he can do it. That almost makes his slips stand out more.

Whatever the reason, the wording issues threw me off and coloured the rest of the book once I started noticing them. (I might’ve been harder on the anecdote front because of my grumpiness, for instance.)

I don’t think I can really recommend this one, but I also don’t think I can un-recommend it to people. The information is interesting. The writing is good. It’s just … also not the best it could have been?

* He probably is, with the slurs

Warnings: Ableist language, including mostly-quoted and always clinical uses of slurs against the developmentally delayed, but also concerning the mentally ill and autistic.

5/10 ( )
  NinjaMuse | Jul 26, 2020 |
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The gentle doctor turns his pen to another set of mental anomalies that can be viewed as either affliction or gift.

If we could prescribe what our physicians would be like, a good number of us would probably choose somebody like Sacks (Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood, 2001, etc.). Learned, endlessly inquisitive and seemingly possessed of a bottomless store of human compassion, the neurologist’s authorial personality both reassures and arouses curiosity. Here, Sacks tackles the whole spectrum of the human body’s experience of music by studying it from the aesthetic as well as medical viewpoint. Fantastical case studies include a young boy assaulted by musical hallucinations who would shout “Take it out of my head! Take it away!” when music only he could hear became unbearably loud. Less frightening are stories about people like Martin, a severely disabled man who committed some 2,000 operas to memory, or ruminations on the linkage between perfect pitch and language: Young children learning music are vastly more likely to have perfect pitch if they speak Mandarin than almost any other language. ..
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What an odd thing it is to see an entire species—billions of people—playing with, listening to, meaningless tonal patterns, occupied and preoccupied for much of their time by what they call "music."
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Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does--humans are a musical species. Oliver Sacks's compassionate, compelling tales of people struggling to adapt to different neurological conditions have fundamentally changed the way we think of our own brains, and of the human experience. Here, he examines the powers of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians, and everyday people. Music is irresistible, haunting, and unforgettable, and Oliver Sacks tells us why.--From publisher description.

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