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Oliver Sacks on Hallucinations

Monday, July 08, 2013

Neurologist Oliver Sacks talks about hallucinations and what they tell us about how the brain works. His book, Hallucinations, weaves together stories of his patients and of his own hallucinatory experiences and explores how hallucinations have influenced every culture’s folklore and art, and why the potential for hallucination is present in us all, a vital part of the human condition.

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Comments [5]

MK in CA from CA

I am surprised to read two previous reviews praising presenter Brooke Gladstone.

I find her tone grating and loud, and the whole interview literally unlistenable... I couldn't get past the first 10 minutes without saying out loud repeatedly "STOP SHOUTING!"... And wondering what stupid questions would be asked next.

Very disappointing as she did every interview today, so no LP Show for me. I'd rather chew broken glass.

I wonder how WNYC picks stand-in interviewers sometimes, they are often not appropriate for the style of LL Show.

Jul. 14 2013 04:18 AM
Don from East Village

Brooke, that was a wonderful segment in every possible way. While a huge fan of Leonard and his interviewing style, I'm so glad you were the one to handle this assignment & emphatically echo Dr. Sacks' final comment in your brilliant interview: "I loved it." Thank you!!

Jul. 08 2013 12:57 PM
Gail from NYC

One of my favorite guests with an amazing host. Even with her few little fumbles, Brooke is amazing. So great to listen to. I hope she is a guest host again.

Jul. 08 2013 12:43 PM
antonio from baySide

Is the phantom cellphone-vibrating (i.e. they look down and think their cell phone is around a certain place on their body and it's not) people have been experiencing a form of hallucination?

Jul. 08 2013 12:23 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I don't know if Dr. Sacks wants to answer questions that are off today's topic, but I'd like to ask 2 musical questions: What's happening neurogically in people who keep switching keys when they sing but stay in tune within each key they switch to? And is there such a thing as compulsive harmonizing? It would explain why I feel the need to sing along in harmony with almost all the music I hear. (I try to keep my voice way down at performances, or better yet, do it in my head.)

Jul. 08 2013 12:17 PM

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