Finding Indigo: An Adventure in Pharmacology

11/19/12
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As history would have it, in the mid-1660s, a young Isaac Newton shone a light through a prism and set out to delineate the colors of the visible spectrum. He added one color—indigo—in order to balance the colors and make them an even seven. Since then, modern scientists have stopped recognizing it as a separate division, but that didn’t stop a young Oliver Sacks from searching for it.

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Date: Friday June 1, 2012
Time: 06:30 PM-08:00 PM
Venue: Great Hall of the Cooper Union
Participants: John Hockenberry, Oliver Sacks

Famed neurologist Oliver Sacks joined award-winning journalist John Hockenberry to discuss Sacks' latest book, which explores the bewitching and surreal world of hallucinations. The conversation canvassed the rich cultural history and contemporary science of the hallucinatory experience, and also touched on Sacks’ own early psychedelic forays that helped convince him to dedicate his life to neurology and to write about the myriad riddles of the human mind....[Read more]

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