The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks

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The River of Consciousness Read Online Free - From the best-selling author of Gratitude, On the Move, and Musicophilia, a collection of essays that displays Oliver Sacks's passionate engagement with the most compelling and seminal ideas of human endeavor: evolution, creativity, memory, time, consciousness, and experience.

Oliver Sacks, a scientist and a storyteller, is beloved by readers for the extraordinary neurological case histories (Awakenings, An Anthropologist on Mars) in which he introduced and explored many now familiar disorders--autism, Tourette's syndrome, face blindness, savant syndrome. He was also a memoirist who wrote with honesty and humor about the remarkable and strange encounters and experiences that shaped him (Uncle Tungsten, On the Move, Gratitude). Sacks, an Oxford-educated polymath, had a deep familiarity not only with literature and medicine but with botany, animal anatomy, chemistry, the history of science, philosophy, and psychology. The River of Consciousness is one of two books Sacks was working on up to his death, and it reveals his ability to make unexpected connections, his sheer joy in knowledge, and his unceasing, timeless project to understand what makes us human.

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ISBN : 0385352565
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Mason rated it ★★★★☆

October 28, 2017

I have found that as I've read books written later in Sacks' life, his tone shifts from a focus on specific details to a more abstract and comprehensive overview that delves more into the meanings of his life's observations. The River of Consciousness was, for me, an excellent culmination of that...

Melissa rated it ★★★★☆

October 11, 2017

A short collection of previously published essays that make us feel the loss of a person like Oliver Sacks very keenly. He loved science and scientific advances in all fields, not just his chosen profession of neuroscience. The collection is a bit too eclectic to be was wonderful as something lik...

Paul rated it ★★★☆☆

January 19, 2018

A fairly mixed bag of variable quality. Essays on Darwin, Time, Freud, and more. All were beautifully written and superficially interesting, but never really inspiring and rarely thought provoking. I read an essay, stopped momentarily, and then moved onto the next one. Yes, I did enjoy reading i...

Paul rated it ★★★★★

December 16, 2017

Oliver Sacks is the most approachable genius one could encounter while studying the human brain and its behaviors. This book is sublime.

Lisa rated it ★★★★☆

December 13, 2017

A highly interesting, multifaceted essay collection. Sacks's magpie mind is well-represented here, a series of essays that discuss more than their subject matter without ever getting too arcane. Fascinating to read about Freud's evolution from neurology to psychotherapy, or the nature of visual c...

Marcus rated it ★★★★☆

November 11, 2017

This is yet another marvellous book to add the the shelf of other titles from the late Dr Oliver Sachs. The Forward tells of a television documentary called "A Glorious Accident" which gathered together a biologist, a physicist, a palaeontologist, a historian of science, a philosopher and Dr Sachs...

Jackie rated it ★★★★★

November 23, 2017

Another fascinating study of human consciousness. Sacks describes sentience in lower order animals and in plants. He studies illnesses such as Tourettes and Parkinsons. He leads the reader on a journey of the history of scientific ideas and educates us through story telling.

GONZA rated it ★★★★☆

November 08, 2017

Some of the most famous scientists explained by one of them. Darwin,Freud, James and Poincaré told by Sacks and some other informations about Edelmann and consciousness in the chapter that gives the title to the book. Prof. Sacks you are deeply missed. Alcuni degli scienziati piú famosi e delle lo...

Helga rated it ★★★★☆

January 12, 2018

This is the final book written by Oliver Sacks and it was published after his August 2015 death by cancer. It was written as a catalyst from a documentary he was in which included 6 scientists in 1993. The issues investigated were the origin of life, the meaning of evolution and the nature of con...

ÔnÎÿ rated it ★★★★☆

January 01, 2018

استهلت عام 2018.بكتاب جميل للرائع اوليفر ساكس. الكتاب مجموعة عن مقالات متفرقةللكاتب. بعضها قديم و البعض الأخر جديد. حقيقة اسلوب ساكس في الكتابة فريد من نوعه. شغفه و فضوله اللامتناهي...قدرته على الربط و تبسيط المواضيع الفلسفية و العلمية مدهش . عند تقليب صفحات الكتاب شعرت انني . استمع لموسيقى باخ......

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