Hallucinations

Hallucinations

by Oliver Sacks
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Hallucinations 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many of Dr. Sacks' books and this one does not disappoint. If you are a fan of his, like non-fiction, medicine or are just plain fascinated about us as human beings, then add this to your read list. Dr. Sacks writes, as always, in an informative, sensitive, accessible style about an intriguing topic. Very elucidating and thought-provoking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He explains all types of hallucinations, including out of body experiences and near death experiences, as organic in origin. Loved the chapter on dream hallucinations. They even mention the Newfound hag. Fascinating book.
jeanetteb More than 1 year ago
The average person may find Hallucinations overwhelming - the multitude of anonymous confessions of out of body experiences; seeing, hearing, feeling and smelling things not real. Sane people confiding insane experiences... "coming out" like aliens among us. However, as one of those aliens, there was relief and comfort in finding common ground, even feelings of companionship in so many like myself (and perhaps even you, dear reader!) Dr. Oliver Sacks, once again has not failed to share his knowledge, personal experience, and empathy for those with unusual and often misunderstood maladies. A most exciting read; but don't be surprised if you find yourself in this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great exploration on the strange tics our brain can cause and the resultant "realities" it can create as hallucinations. Even reviews historical cases and suggests the medical causes of hauntings, ghost sitings, etc.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
I’d always imagined hallucinations were dangerous, scary and rare; nothing like those tricks of imagination and under-stimulated hearing on a silent night. A voice says your name when nobody’s there—that’s just a dream isn’t it? Seeing those pulsating puddles of light before a migraine? But Oliver Sacks looks for the common cause, and combines the common experience with the strange, making his book Hallucinations an oddly immediate and compelling read. Have you ever wondered why tired and stressed out pilots might see alien spacecraft, or where the universal monsters of fairytales come from. The mind plays intriguing tricks, it seems. And while this book includes rather more drug-induced visions that I’d expected, it also lumps together the ordinary and mundane with the only slightly odd and the increasingly strange. The book touches on PTSD and its effects on the brain, stress and the illness once termed hysteria, cause, effect, and different types of memory. It’s an absorbing, endlessly fascinating read, and it’s far more immediate and personal than I’d expected. Not my favorite book by Sacks, it’s a thoroughly good read just the same. Disclosure: Bought at an airport bookstore for reading on a plane.
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Disappointing, as there isn't any "hope" included, just history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though I didnt buy the buy, I read the info and, apparently, I alot hallucinate every day. When it says "from luminous blobs of color" every time I look into a lamp or tyhe sun and look away, I see blotches of color. Great to know Im hallucinating