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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,390 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oliver Sacks Narrator: Oliver Sacks, Richard Davidson Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the author of the best-selling Musicophilia (hailed as luminous, original, and indispensable by The American Scholar), an exploration of vision through the case histories of six individuals - including a renowned pianist who continues to give concerts despite losing the ability to read the score, and a neurobiologist born with crossed eyes who, late in life, suddenly acquires binocular vision, and how her brain adapts to that new skill. Most dramatically, Sacks gives us a riveting account of the appearance of a tumor in his own eye, the strange visual symptoms he observed, an experience that left him unable to perceive depth.

In The Mind's Eye, Oliver Sacks explores some of the most fundamental facets of human experience: how we see in three dimensions, how we represent the world internally when our eyes are closed, and the remarkable, unpredictable ways that our brains find new ways of perceiving that create worlds as complete and rich as the no-longer-visible world.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maria | 2/11/2014

    " A compelling insight into Sacks's neurology caseload as it deals with the visual limitations or visual disassociatve disorders of several of his patients and his own eye cancer that eliminates his ability to see depth. Some of the essays have been published in the New Yorker, I think, for I have read them before. If you liked his The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat," you'll enjoy this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matt Scalici | 2/3/2014

    " Fascinating case studies, including one involving Sacks himself, regarding vision, perception and the brain. Sacks' own personal diary of the loss of one of his eyes is both fascinating and heartbreaking and clearly the most intense section of the book. My personal favorite section explores stereo vision and how an incredibly large percentage of the population probably doesn't have it and, even stranger, doesn't realize that they don't have it. Sacks can occasionally be a little dry and clinical but his subjects are so bizarre and fascinating that hyperbolic language would probably only get in the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christopher | 1/24/2014

    " I love this guy! Shows how a lot of what you think you see maybe just between your ears... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nancy | 1/23/2014

    " I love Oliver Sacks. This book is all about vision - not what happens in the eye, but rather in the brain. In one essay he talks about his own experience with prosopagnosia - inability to recognize faces. In another he writes about having a kind of cancer that destroyed his central vision and stereoscopic vision. My favorite chapter was the last, on blindness and some of the ways people have adapted to that condition by either intensifying their mental imagery or giving it up altogether. Fascinating read if you're interested in the brain. "

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