Seeing and Perceiving

February 26, 2012
(was 02.06.2011)

Oliver Sacks has an unusual problem.  He can't recognize other people's faces.  In fact, he doesn't always recognize himself when he's looking in the mirror.  Sacks is also a neurologist who's fascinated by brain disorders.  We'll talk with Sacks and with the painter Chuck Close, who also suffers from face-blindness.  In this hour of To the Best of Our knowledge, the many ways of seeing the world.

  1. Oliver Sacks on Facial Blindness

    Sacks had a particular fascination with the ways our brains can play tricks on our vision. He also reveals his own lifelong struggle to recognize the faces of other people.

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  2. Susan Kreiger on "Traveling Blind"

    Susan Krieger not completely blind, but her vision is bad enough to make her legally blind. She recently got a guide dog, Teela, who is now her constant companion.

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  3. Ken Nordine's "Yellow"

    Ken Nordine recites his word poem "yellow".

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  4. David Eagleman on Synesthesia

    David Eagleman is a neurologist and the co-author of the book "Wednesday is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia."

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  5. Chuck Close and Christopher Finch on Close's Career

    Chuck Close, a painter famous for his huge canvases and his uncanny ability to portray his subjects with almost photographic realism. He has a neurological condition that prevents him from recognizing people's faces.

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