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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,288 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oliver Sacks Narrator: Dan Woren, Oliver Sacks Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Have you ever seen something that wasn't really there? Heard someone call your name in an empty house? Sensed someone following you and turned around to find nothing?

Hallucinations don't belong wholly to the insane. Much more commonly, they are linked to sensory deprivation, intoxication, illness, or injury. People with migraines may see shimmering arcs of light or tiny, Lilliputian figures of animals and people. People with failing eyesight, paradoxically, may become immersed in a hallucinatory visual world. Hallucinations can be brought on by a simple fever or even the act of waking or falling asleep, when people have visions ranging from luminous blobs of color to beautifully detailed faces or terrifying ogres. Those who are bereaved may receive comforting visits from the departed. In some conditions, hallucinations can lead to religious epiphanies or even the feeling of leaving one's own body.

Humans have always sought such life-changing visions, and for thousands of years have used hallucinogenic compounds to achieve them. As a young doctor in California in the 1960s, Oliver Sacks had both a personal and a professional interest in psychedelics. These, along with his early migraine experiences, launched a lifelong investigation into the varieties of hallucinatory experience.

Here, with his usual elegance, curiosity, and compassion, Dr. Sacks weaves together stories of his patients and of his own mind-altering experiences to illuminate what hallucinations tell us about the organization and structure of our brains, how they 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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Noah Stacy | 2/19/2014

    " Fascinating, though perhaps not as good as Musicophilia and certainly not a stunner like The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. Hallucination (the phenomenon, not the book) comes out as being remarkably everyday. On the other hand, apparently I'm weird because I can imagine smells. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate Hickling | 2/6/2014

    " Very interesting. It did err on textbook compared to the likes of The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, but I forgive that for the insight it has given me; as an occasional sufferer of sleep paralysis, fairly frequent emotional flashbacks and having had Jesus hold my hands for days as I prepared to leave my rather sadistic ex. Glad I read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Randy Jamieson | 2/6/2014

    " Has some great moments. But, it's overshadowed by too much of one patient told me this, another patient told me that. It starts to feel like a slog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeroen | 1/31/2014

    " Hugely interesting subject, and for non fiction it's readable. "

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