Sunday, February 6, 2011

Thought for the Day

Language. . . can allow all of us, even the congenitally blind, 
to see with another person's eyes.
~ Oliver Sacks, The Mind's Eye

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I recently read The Mind's Eye, which contains some extraordinary stories of how the non-sighted and those with visual disorders compensate and often "see" what the sighted cannot.

Oliver Sacks Website

Oliver Sacks Blog

Videos related to The Mind's Eye are  here.

Sanjay Gupta, "Face Blindness - When Every Face Looks the Same" (In this CBS News feature, Sacks discusses his face blindness with artist Chuck Close, who has the same disorder, prosopagnosia, believed to affect 1 of 50 people.)

Oliver Sacks on FaceBook and Twitter

8 comments:

M.L. Gallagher said...

That is amazing. Kissing strangers could lead to a lot of ... feedback. I wonder if people who suffer from this disorder compensate through stronger voice, smell recognition?

nance marie said...

this is very interesting...so i put the book on hold at our library system.

i did not know that chuck close was one in fifty.

S. Etole said...

To see through other's eyes ... something we all need to do more of.

brendanblue said...

Stars shooting over two hearts in blue entropy: of course, they aren't stars, but othr passions falling to earth, as they must. Very nice. - Brendan

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

It seems that every reading of anything by Oliver Sacks always leave my head swirling with new ideas and energy. After a recent comment of yours on my blog, about synesthesia, I looked a bit further into the topic and what Sacks has to say and show about it and found myself with the same amazed and grateful reaction.

drw@bainbridge.net said...

I have a friend who has face blindness; she tells this very moving story about picking her son up from nursery school and yelling at him for changing his clothes, only to discover that the child she's yelling at is not her son...

And -- just FYI -- both my daughter and I are synaesthetics. It makes for very interesting conversations...

Brian Miller said...

nice...thanks for dropping the link at one stop...followed it on and enjoyed the greater depth to Close...

Claudia said...

thanks maureen - saw the link at one stop and so good_to learn a bit more about this