Hallucinations

Hallucinations

Audiobook CD - 2012
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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.--Container
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio Publishing Group ; Books on Tape, [2012]
Edition: Unabridged library ed
ISBN: 9780307967343
0307967344
Branch Call Number: 616.89 SACKS CD
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (9 hr., 49 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Woren, Dan

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Jun 24, 2017

A fascinating and (seemingly) comprehensive tour through hallucinations. There is an enthusiasm in the writing that comes through and infects the listener. The reading is excellent (though not done by Sacks himself (to correct the previous comment)), even the small portions where he puts on accents to mimic quoted authors. Whether its losses of traditional senses (sight, hearing, taste) or of limbs, brain injuries, or drugs, there's nothing that is left unclear.

PimaLib_LizD May 04, 2015

Sacks' voice is wonderful to listen to, and makes his writing even more vivid. Recommended.

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