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Musicofilia
Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: Adelphi Edizioni spa
ISBN: 8845972615
Pages: 483
Year: 2014-02-05T00:00:00+01:00
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Un giorno, a New York, Oliver Sacks partecipa all’incontro organizzato da un batterista con una trentina di persone affette dalla sindrome di Tourette: tutti appaiono in preda a tic contagiosi, che si propagano «come onde». Poi il batterista inizia a suonare – e come per incanto il gruppo lo segue con i tamburi, fondendosi in una perfetta sincronia ritmica. Questo stupefacente esempio è solo una particolare variante del prodigio di «neurogamia» che si verifica ogniqualvolta il nostro sistema nervoso ‘si sposa’ a quello di chi ci sta accanto attraverso il medium della musica. Presentando questo e molti altri casi con la consueta capacità di immedesimazione, in Musicofilia Sacks esplora la straordinaria robustezza neurale della musica e i suoi nessi con le funzioni e disfunzioni del cervello. Allucinazioni sonore, amusia, disarmonia, epilessia musicogena: da quali inceppi nella connessione a due vie fra sensi e cervello sono causate? Come sempre l’indagine su ciò che è anomalo getta luce su fenomeni di segno opposto: l’orecchio assoluto, la memoria fonografica, l’intelligenza musicale e soprattutto l’amore per la musica – un amore che può divampare all’improvviso, come nel memorabile caso del medico che, colpito da un fulmine, viene assalito da un «insaziabile desiderio di ascoltare musica per pianoforte», suonare e persino comporre. Grazie alle testimonianze dei pazienti di Sacks ci troviamo così a riconsiderare in una nuova prospettiva appassionanti interrogativi, e assistiamo ai successi della musicoterapia su formidabili banchi di prova quali l’autismo, il Parkinson, la demenza. Dai misteriosi sogni musicali che ispirarono Berlioz, Wagner e Stravinskij, alla possibile amusia di Nabokov, alla riscoperta dell’«enorme importanza, spesso sottostimata, di avere due orecchie»: ogni storia cui Sacks dà voce illumina uno dei molti modi in cui musica, emozione, memoria e identità si intrecciano, e ci definiscono.
Musicofilia
Author: Oliver W. Sacks
Publisher:
ISBN: 8433977881
Pages: 464
Year: 2016-03-31
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With the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. Illuminating, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable, Musicophilia is Oliver Sacks' latest masterpiece.
Musicofilia
Author: Oliver Wolf Sacks, Han Visserman
Publisher:
ISBN: 9029085037
Pages: 421
Year: 2009
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Migraine
Author: Oliver W. Sacks
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520051998
Pages: 270
Year: 1985-01
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In recent years the bestselling Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat have received great critical acclaim, but Oliver Sacks's readers may remember that he began his medical career working with migraine patients. In this, the latest edition of "Migraine," he returns to his first book and enriches it with additional case histories, new findings, and practical information on treatment. To define "migraine, " suggests Oliver Sacks, one must embrace the dizzying variety of experiences of its sufferers. For some, the affliction features of a headache of monumental proportions. For others, there is no pain at all. Some attacks are triggered by weather, some intense light. Still others consist of intense light -- hallucinatory displays of dazzling loops, stars, and geometrics. "Migraine" is Sacks's brilliant examination of a debilitating ailment and the profound implications of neurological illness. Synthesizing his patients' case histories with 2,000 years of human research into the problem, he casts the migraine as exemplar of our psychological transparency, a complex biological response to external factors. Here is a classic meditation on the nature of health and malady, on the unity of mind and body. Here, too, is Sacks's discovery of how the migraine shows us, through hallucinatory displays, the elemental activity of the cerebral cortex -- and potentially, the self-organizing patterns of Nature itself. Enormously compelling, compassionate, and profound, Migraine offers comfort for sufferers -- and insight to all.
Musicophilia
Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307267911
Pages: 400
Year: 2008-09-23
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Revised and Expanded With the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. In Musicophilia, he shows us a variety of what he calls “musical misalignments.” Among them: a man struck by lightning who suddenly desires to become a pianist at the age of forty-two; an entire group of children with Williams syndrome, who are hypermusical from birth; people with “amusia,” to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans; and a man whose memory spans only seven seconds-for everything but music. Illuminating, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable, Musicophilia is Oliver Sacks' latest masterpiece. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Rhythms and Rhymes of Life
Author: Miriam Gazzah
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
ISBN: 9089640622
Pages: 279
Year: 2008
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A study of the role of music and youth culture in the identification procces of Dutch-Moroccan youth.
Sociology of music and its cultural implications. Interdisciplinary insights from theoretical debate and field work
Author: AA. VV.
Publisher: FrancoAngeli
ISBN: 8891721549
Pages: 163
Year: 2015-04-08T00:00:00+02:00
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Gratitude
Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 045149296X
Pages: 64
Year: 2015-11-24
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“My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.” —Oliver Sacks No writer has succeeded in capturing the medical and human drama of illness as honestly and as eloquently as Oliver Sacks. During the last few months of his life, he wrote a set of essays in which he movingly explored his feelings about completing a life and coming to terms with his own death. “It is the fate of every human being,” Sacks writes, “to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death.” Together, these four essays form an ode to the uniqueness of each human being and to gratitude for the gift of life. “Oliver Sacks was like no other clinician, or writer. He was drawn to the homes of the sick, the institutions of the most frail and disabled, the company of the unusual and the ‘abnormal.’ He wanted to see humanity in its many variants and to do so in his own, almost anachronistic way—face to face, over time, away from our burgeoning apparatus of computers and algorithms. And, through his writing, he showed us what he saw.” —Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0684853949
Pages: 243
Year: 1998
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Presents a series of stories about men and women who, representing both medical and literary oddities, raise fundamental questions about the nature of reality
DESPERTARES
Author: Oliver Sacks, Beatriz Anjos Marques
Publisher:
ISBN: 9727081657
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Hallucinations
Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 030795725X
Pages: 336
Year: 2012-11-06
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Have you ever seen something that wasn’t really there? Heard someone call your name in an empty house? Sensed someone following you and turned around to find nothing? Hallucinations don’t belong wholly to the insane. Much more commonly, they are linked to sensory deprivation, intoxication, illness, or injury. People with migraines may see shimmering arcs of light or tiny, Lilliputian figures of animals and people. People with failing eyesight, paradoxically, may become immersed in a hallucinatory visual world. Hallucinations can be brought on by a simple fever or even the act of waking or falling asleep, when people have visions ranging from luminous blobs of color to beautifully detailed faces or terrifying ogres. Those who are bereaved may receive comforting “visits” from the departed. In some conditions, hallucinations can lead to religious epiphanies or even the feeling of leaving one’s own body. Humans have always sought such life-changing visions, and for thousands of years have used hallucinogenic compounds to achieve them. As a young doctor in California in the 1960s, Oliver Sacks had both a personal and a professional interest in psychedelics. These, along with his early migraine experiences, launched a lifelong investigation into the varieties of hallucinatory experience. Here, with his usual elegance, curiosity, and compassion, Dr. Sacks weaves together stories of his patients and of his own mind-altering experiences to illuminate what hallucinations tell us about the organization and structure of our brains, how they have influenced every culture’s folklore and art, and why the potential for hallucination is present in us all, a vital part of the human condition.
On the Move
Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0385352557
Pages: 416
Year: 2015-04-28
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When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: “Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far.” It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going. From its opening pages on his youthful obsession with motorcycles and speed, On the Move is infused with his restless energy. As he recounts his experiences as a young neurologist in the early 1960s, first in California, where he struggled with drug addiction, and then in New York, where he discovered a long-forgotten illness in the back wards of a chronic hospital, we see how his engagement with patients comes to define his life. With unbridled honesty and humor, Sacks shows us that the same energy that drives his physical passions—weight lifting and swimming—also drives his cerebral passions. He writes about his love affairs, both romantic and intellectual; his guilt over leaving his family to come to America; his bond with his schizophrenic brother; and the writers and scientists—Thom Gunn, A. R. Luria, W. H. Auden, Gerald M. Edelman, Francis Crick—who influenced him. On the Move is the story of a brilliantly unconventional physician and writer—and of the man who has illuminated the many ways that the brain makes us human.
Uncle Tungsten
Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0804172153
Pages: 352
Year: 2013-12-11
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Long before Oliver Sacks became a distinguished neurologist and bestselling writer, he was a small English boy fascinated by metals–also by chemical reactions (the louder and smellier the better), photography, squids and cuttlefish, H.G. Wells, and the periodic table. In this endlessly charming and eloquent memoir, the author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings chronicles his love affair with science and the magnificently odd and sometimes harrowing childhood in which that love affair unfolded. In Uncle Tungsten we meet Sacks’ extraordinary family, from his surgeon mother (who introduces the fourteen-year-old Oliver to the art of human dissection) and his father, a family doctor who imbues in his son an early enthusiasm for housecalls, to his “Uncle Tungsten,” whose factory produces tungsten-filament lightbulbs. We follow the young Oliver as he is exiled at the age of six to a grim, sadistic boarding school to escape the London Blitz, and later watch as he sets about passionately reliving the exploits of his chemical heroes–in his own home laboratory. Uncle Tungsten is a crystalline view of a brilliant young mind springing to life, a story of growing up which is by turns elegiac, comic, and wistful, full of the electrifying joy of discovery.
Complexity Perspectives on Language, Communication and Society
Author: Àngels Massip-Bonet, Albert Bastardas-Boada
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3642328172
Pages: 256
Year: 2012-10-13
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The “language-communication-society” triangle defies traditional scientific approaches. Rather, it is a phenomenon that calls for an integration of complex, transdisciplinary perspectives, if we are to make any progress in understanding how it works. The highly diverse agents in play are not merely cognitive and/or cultural, but also emotional and behavioural in their specificity. Indeed, the effort may require building a theoretical and methodological body of knowledge that can effectively convey the characteristic properties of phenomena in human terms. New complexity approaches allow us to rethink our limited and mechanistic images of human societies and create more appropriate emo-cognitive dynamic and holistic models. We have to enter into dialogue with the complexity views coming out of other more ‘material’ sciences, but we also need to take steps in the linguistic and psycho-sociological fields towards creating perspectives and concepts better fitted to human characteristics. Our understanding of complexity is different – but not opposed – to the one that is more commonly found in texts written by people working in physics or computer science, for example. The goal of this book is to extend the knowledge of these other more ‘human’ or socially oriented perspectives on complexity, taking account of the language and communication singularities of human agents in society. Our understanding of complexity is different – but not opposed – to the one that is more commonly found in texts written by people working in physics or computer science, for example. The goal of this book is to extend the knowledge of these other more ‘human’ or socially oriented perspectives on complexity, taking account of the language and communication singularities of human agents in society.
Seeing Voices
Author: Oliver W. Sacks
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520060830
Pages: 180
Year: 1989
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A neurologist investigates the world of the deaf, examining their past and present treatment at the hands of society, and assesses the value and significance of sign language.

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