Among Friends: Removing the Stigma from Hallucination

11/19/12
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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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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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