If We Could Cure Hallucinations, Should We?

11/19/12
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During the live question and answer session at Hallucinations with Oliver Sacks, Neil DeGrasse Tyson came up to the microphone and asked, “If in the future we could stop all hallucinations, would it make sense to do so?” Oliver Sacks’s answer — about the lobotomy, PTSD, epilepsy, and medicine and neuroethics — shows that the answer isn’t quite so simple.

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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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