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Description: Oliver Sacks, renowned and beloved neurologist, author and teller of captivating stories about his patients, their experiences, the human brain and ultimately of the human experience and condition passed away today (August 30, 2015) at the age of 82. I posted on Oliver not long ago (April 2015 search his name on this blog or click his name in the Tag Cloud over on the right margin of this pager to see the post) when he wrote about his experiences as a terminal cancer patient. Oliver and his caring insight into human neurology and human experience will be greatly missed.

Source: Various (NY Times Obit)
Date: August 30, 2015

Oliver Sacks

Photo Credit: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times.

Links: Article Links –Obituary NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/31/science/oliver-sacks-dies-at-82-neurologist-and-author-explored-the-brains-quirks.html?_r=0

Video Obituary http://vp.nyt.com/video/2015/09/26/35024_1_obits-oliver-sacks_wg_480p.mp4

I listed Oliver’s books in the April blog entry and would re-iterate my advice that if you are interested in Psychology, the brain, the mind and human experience you should read one or all of his books. In the meantime I have placed several links below to YouTube videos that contain Oliver Sacks himself talking about a broad range of things. Take a few minutes and watch one or two and meet the man himself or be reminded of what an engaged and engaging science storyteller Oliver was.

Questions for Discussion:

  1. What did the video you watched tell you about the nature of people or the human experience in general that you may not have learned from your psychology courses or your psychology textbooks?

References (Watch Further):

Oliver Sacks on Hallucinations

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgOTaXhbqPQ

Neurological Disorders as Alternative Ways of Being

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FST243lDYRQ

Human Beings and Myth Making

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AnuxDdg2II

Oliver Sacks’ YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/OliverSacksMD

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