Oliver Sacks Looks Ahead to the End

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Science & Story @ Cooper Union: Hallucinations with Oliver Sacks

Full Program: 2012 World Science Festival | 01:14:44

Original Program Date: Friday, June 1, 2012

Featuring Neurologist, Author Oliver Sacks with Journalist John Hockenberry Moderating

Over the years the World Science Festival has had the great privilege and pleasure of hosting New York University neurologist Oliver Sacks on its stages. In 2012 Sacks and journalist John Hockenberry had a fascinating conversation on hallucinations—those “rich expression[s] of the mind,” as Sacks called them, without which the world be poorer. (See video above.) Sacks has helped countless people as a clinician and researcher, and has inspired many more with his teaching and writing. It's not surprising that, when given a diagnosis of terminal cancer, Sacks has no space for regret—only clarity. "I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential," Sacks wrote in a moving op-ed on his diagnosis in the New York Times. He closed the piece noting his feelings of gratitude. "I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written," Sacks wrote. "I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of writers and readers."


John Hockenberry

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