Far be it from me –

Seeing things? Hearing things? Many of us do – Oliver Saks

on January 31, 2014

recovery network: Toronto

Short piece by Oliver Sacks from Nov 2012 in the lead up to publication of his book “Hallucinations”.

Seeing things, hearing things, thinking things, feeling things that others don’t is what humans do- we all see, hear feel think in a unique, slightly different way, so we all do it.  What’s not “there” about that?

In the language of  hallucinations  we hear, see  something that “isn’t there” –  well, just because only one person hears it, that  does not mean “it” isn’t “there” – it simply  means only one person hears it.

Now, of course,  this can be problematic [ Saks says “hallucinations are startling” -they can be but are not always] but it is also an everyday experience, part of  being alive, being conscious. Saks offers a number of examples that are either so common that we too have likely experienced it ourselves, or else that are simple enough…

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