Among Friends: Removing the Stigma from Hallucination

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John Hockenberry

John Hockenberry is an award-winning journalist with twenty-five years experience in radio, broadcast television and print. He is the host of WNYC and PRI’s The Takeaway, a correspondent for PBS Frontline, and a noted presenter and moderator at conferences such as TED, Aspen Ideas, and the World Science Festival.

For centuries, hallucinations have been associated with mental illness, and their occurrences have evoked fear in those who experience them. But hallucinations are more common than people think, and it’s safe to say that everybody has experienced a hallucination at some point in their life. In his latest book, neurologist Oliver Sacks sheds light on this previously taboo and misrepresented subject.

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