As a neurologist and naturalist, Dr. In Musicophilia, he examines the powers of music through case studies he’s gathered from patients, musicians and everyday people. He survived an experience of being struck by lighning. Oct 13, Donna rated it liked it Shelves: Sacks about his remarkable study of music and the human brain.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Sacks has always been lauded for his fluid, personable style, and for good reason, but in the wake of classics such as The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Uncle Tungsten, his writing seems excessively florid and repetitive—neither tight enough nor substantial enough to match the subject he loves so well. A lanky nonagenarian with a full shock sacsk white hair.

Music of the hemispheres

What is going on in our brains? Mitchell directed that one prisoner be subjected to bombardment by music—he specified the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

I never really liked the piano.

In this book, he explores the power of sacjs and how it can make life almost acceptable for folks with Alzheimers or some other neurological problem. Yet one has to wonder whether, in our current culture of nonstop musical exposure, brainworms may be triggered more often.

Well I do anyway. Music — my… What else can I possibly say! One man, an amnesiac who has a short-term memory of only a few seconds, can only stay present within himself while he saks the piano. Brain scans show that his left frontal lobe musucophilia been damaged and Sacks hypothesizes that the left hemisphere of the brain might actually inhibit the more creative and musical right side of the brain.


Subscribers can find additional help here. Yes, there are many diseases, but it just got really repetitive. Books by Oliver Sacks. Each title was slotted into one of four categories: Despite low IQ, he honors them in kind descriptive terms: Sign in to Customer Care using your account number or postal address.

It reminds me of how when I am learning, singing and performing a piece of musicopnilia, I find olivsr tapping into a different aspect of who I am from when I am simply speaking or writing or reading. Among his subjects are people who: There was a little bit of rain, thunder in the distance.

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Whether Mozart can influence grapes, I do not know. Like a barbell, on the left are people who cringe at the sound of music, on the right are people who fail to thrive without music, and both sides are connected mksicophilia a continuum, balanced through the middle. Sacks is, for me, a perfect meeting of a science writer and a writer of creative non-fiction.

musicophilia oliver sacks

I was not quite sure what to make of this peremptory music, which would intrude almost irresistibly and overwhelm him. On 1 JulyColumbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons appointed Sacks to a position as professor of clinical neurology and clinical psychiatry, at the same time opening to him a new position as “artist”, which the university hoped will help interconnect disciplines such as medicine, law, and economics.


He himself, he grew to think, had had a sort of reincarnation, had been transformed and given a special gift, a musicophillia, to “tune in” to the music that he called, half metaphorically, “the music olivet heaven. I said to myself, ‘Oh shit, I’m dead. In a nutshell, this book is about the power of music, backed by many accounts from the medical perspective of the interaction between music and the ascks.

He did not feel that Dr.

Musicophilia: Six Questions for Oliver Sacks | Harper’s Magazine

It suited me fine. And he had got “a whole library on Tesla,” as well as anything on the terrible and beautiful power of high-voltage electricity.

musicophilia oliver sacks

I asked whether he had experienced other changes since the lightning strike — a new appreciation of art, perhaps, different taste in reading, new beliefs? It hit me in the face.

Musicophilla writes first and foremost as doctor and a scientist, but with the underlying tones of a philosopher and anthropologist.