The River of Consciousness

The River of Consciousness

Book - 2017
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"A profoundly fascinating, illuminating major work from the beloved, bestselling thinker and neurologist Oliver Sacks -- completed by him just before his death -- provides readers with a compelling, rare gift from the master. The river of consciousness reflects Oliver Sacks at his wisest and most humane, as he examines some of the human animal's most remarkable faculties: memory, creativity, consciousness, and our present, ongoing evolution. Before his death, Sacks personally collected into this one volume his recent essays and case studies, never before published in book form, which he felt best displayed his passionate engagement with his most compelling and seminal ideas. The book, lucid and accessible as ever, is a mirror of his own consciousness, discovering in his personal and humane interactions with others, unique insight, and fresh meaning. Featuring a preface written two weeks before his death, The river of consciousness reveals the beloved, bestselling author's unique ability to make unexpected connections, his sheer joy in knowledge, and his unceasing, timeless project to understand what it is that makes us human"--
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2017
ISBN: 9780345808998
Characteristics: x, 237 pages ; 22 cm

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MaryElizabeth17
Dec 01, 2017

I loved this book. Sacks presents individual chapters that are streams that flow into a river of his consciousness. In one on memory, he talks about how artists often unintentionally borrow from each other and has a humorous anecdote about a time when Mark Twain did this. In the next chapter on creativity when Sacks explores the question of why some artists achieve greatness and others do not, he discusses the idea of an incubation period that precedes artistic greatness. In this incubation, there is a forgetting when the unconscious continues to work. This of course is when the forgetting of the previous chapter merges ideas that flowed from other creative sources. In the end, he raises the notion of how significant sheer luck is in the history of science and medicine. It is often about being in the right place at the right time, as is much of life.

JCLAmyF Nov 14, 2017

I love Oliver Sacks and this book is no exception. His blend of personality and love of science makes this a very engaging read!

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