The Story of the Living, Breathing Mirror

04/21/11
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Living with the perceptual disorder known as prosopagnosia—the inability to recognize even the faces of people you know—can be difficult. But it can also be awkwardly funny, as the legendary author and neurologist Oliver Sacks recounts from his life experiences of living face blind.

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Date: Friday June 4, 2010
Time: 08:00 PM-09:00 PM
Venue: Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
Moderator: Robert Krulwich
Participants: Chuck Close, Alexandra Lynch, Oliver Sacks

What’s it like to face a faceless world? Acclaimed neurologist Oliver Sacks once apologized for almost bumping into a large bearded man, only to realize he was speaking to a mirror. Sacks and photorealist painter Chuck Close—geniuses from opposite ends of the creative spectrum—share their experiences of living with a curious condition known as “face blindness,” or prosopagnosia....[Read more]

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