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Island of the Colorblind

Photographer Sanne de Wilde’s The Island of the Colorblind investigates a Pacific atoll where an unusually high percentage of the population has total color blindness. This phenomenon will of course be familiar to those who have read Oliver Sacks’ book and have seen the accompanying documentary. Cognitive scienceColorOliver SacksphotographyqualiaSanne de Wilde

The power of music

Why were we able to feed and water and medicate this person but not respond to the deeply human needs that he might have . . . — Bill Thomas It’s been a long time coming but I’m now firmly of the view that if I had to lose sight or sound I’d opt for losing the…

Gefilte fish and Deli man

A gastronomic theme. “Roumanian-Yiddish cooking has killed more Jews than Hitler.” — Zero Mostel Here is Oliver Sacks’ final piece for The New Yorker along with a link to an interesting documentary Deli Man that I recently saw on a flight. I’ve never taken to gefilte fish but do appreciate most other things deli. Sorry Montreal, however…

It would be unfortunate if psychiatry moved fully — prematurely — to squeeze the art out of its science.

Peter Kramer in the NYT Because so little evidence stands on its own, incorporating research results into clinical practice requires discernment. Thoughtful doctors consider data, accompanying narrative, plausibility and, yes, clinical anecdote in their decision making. To put the same matter differently, evidence-based medicine, properly enacted, is judgment-based medicine in which randomized trials, carefully assessed,…

Autoscopic Doubles

This from NRP coinciding with the publication of Oliver Sacks’ latest book Hallucinations. My interest is in autoscopic phenomena in literature – that is, where does the boundary between the protagonist and the creator lie? Stay tuned. autoscopicCognitionCognitive neuroscienceCognitive scienceEmbodied cognitionOliver Sacksphenomenologyphilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mindPsychology