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The Mind's Eye (2010)

av Oliver Sacks

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Includes stories of people who are able to navigate the world and communicate with others despite losing what many of us consider indispensable senses and faculties: the power of speech, the capacity to recognize faces, the sense of three-dimensional space, the ability to read, and the sense of sight. This book 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 perceive through another person's eyes, or another person's mind.… (mer)
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    The Man Who Forgot How to Read: A Memoir av Howard Engel (SylviaC)
    SylviaC: The Mind's Eye includes a chapter about Howard Engel, and Oliver Sacks provides an afterword to The Man Who Forgot How to Read
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    Visual Intelligence: How We Create What We See av Donald D. Hoffman (librorumamans)
    librorumamans: By means of many illustrations, Hoffman lays out some of the rules by which our brains interpret what our eyes see.
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    In the Eye of the Beholder: The Science of Face Perception av Vicki Bruce (nessreader)
    nessreader: Eye/Beholder is a heavily illustrated (based on an art exhibition) book about how the brain identifies and sorts and memorises faces, so it mostly relates to the 1st of Sacks' essays.
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    On Blindness: Letters between Bryan Magee and Martin Milligan av Bryan Magee (SnootyBaronet)
    SnootyBaronet: Philosophical meditations on blindness
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An interesting look into the connection between the eyes and the brain, and what can happen when that connection goes on the blink, so to speak.

I enjoyed this one up to a certain point, but then it began to feel like one case history anecdote after another, with not a lot of substance-like fleshing out. ( )
  electrascaife | Dec 26, 2023 |
In this collection of essays the (sadly late) author describes and considers various problems with either the brain or the eyes which affect perception and vision. One chapter covers his own horrendous experience with a tumour in the eye which ultimately resulted in loss of all sight in that eye. The descriptions are rather grisly so I thought I would flag that up as a warning. It certainly emphasises the importance of regular eye check-ups which he had somehow skipped - and unfortunately the UK National Health Service only recommends these every two years and pays for them on that basis for those who qualify for a free one.

The book is fairly interesting though comes across as a bit 'dry' in places. There are quite a few patients or other people he knew who provide insights into their various conditions, showing that even where people are labelled as a category such as 'the blind' their experiences are very different - some had no visual phenomena, some had painter-type visualisations and one man could map out everything in his mind's eye so accurately he could envisage the insides of engines, allowing him to continue in his field of expertise, and even mend his own roof.

Overall I would give it 3 stars. ( )
  kitsune_reader | Nov 23, 2023 |
Not *bad*, but not particularly exciting either. I agree with others who said that his own diary of dealing with cancer of the eye drags a lot. That sounds kind of cruel but it's weird because it focuses primarily on how it changes his vision, yet it's almost impossible to visualise or understand the changes he talks about, making it hard to read. There's also a personal element - as someone who's had vision problems for life that mean I have trouble with depth, field of vision and 3D images, it feels strange reading someone treating it as the worst handicap in the world. And I know that's unfair, but it didn't help my interest in it at all.

I found all the stuff about aphasia/alexia/agnosia really interesting and recognised some of my in stuff about not recognising spoken words (although not to a disabling level) and the personal anecdotes are nice but not *super* interesting. The last chapter is cool, about vision in the mind and how it interacts with sight. sorry this is incoherent, i liked it but was never really *grabbed* by it and really fascinated and there's nothing I'd be excited about taking away from it ( )
  tombomp | Oct 31, 2023 |
An excellent book about the wondrous adaptations our minds and brains can make when faced with various challenges related to diseases or injuries, especially concentrating on issues related to sight. The book includes many case histories of patients who have made wondrous adaptations to various visual traumas. The many unusual variations on "normal vision" that people face provide a testament to the remarkable resiliency of the human brain and to the adaptive coping abilities of many people.
I was especially intrigues by the chapter on "stereo visionDr. Sacks' work on topics relating to the brain and music is well known, but this book makes a nice addition to his offerings and documents that it is incredible capability of the brain which contributes so much to our everyday survival and enjoyment of life.
  PaulLoesch | Apr 2, 2022 |
I love Oliver Sacks' work, and The Mind's Eye is no exception. This was a very personal book for Sacks. Not only did he do his usual writing about patients, but he also wrote a lot about his experiences with losing sight in his right eye. He included portions of his journal entries written during the process of being diagnosed, treated, and his feelings on his sight failing. It's very well-written, and I wanted to give him a big hug by the end of the book. He's a brilliant man, and I hate to hear that he suffered. Definitely worth reading. ( )
  SwitchKnitter | Dec 19, 2021 |
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Mr. Brain can be a demon from hell when it decides to turn against its body.
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Includes stories of people who are able to navigate the world and communicate with others despite losing what many of us consider indispensable senses and faculties: the power of speech, the capacity to recognize faces, the sense of three-dimensional space, the ability to read, and the sense of sight. This book 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 perceive through another person's eyes, or another person's mind.

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