Whatever It Takes

Whatever It Takes
by Lifehouse
on Who We Are

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Oliver Sacks, Exploring How Hallucinations Happen

Oliver Sacks, Exploring How Hallucinations Happen (46 min)
November 06, 2012

I did in fact have that experience again, but when I had it the second time, it was not with a drug, it was with music, and I think music can take one to the heights in a way comparable with drugs.

Every culture has found chemical means of transcendence; e.g. ayahuasca

11:00 indigo was my favorite hallucination

a sleeping medication called chloral hydrate … I want to say goodbye. I’ve gone mad. … delirium tremens, not induced by alcohol withdrawal but by chloral withdrawal.

28 Lilliputian hallucination … elfs

31 the bereavement hallucinations – which are common; something like 40 or 50 percent of bereaved people get them occasionally – are often felt as very comfortable, comforting, and they may help them through the mourning process, and when one has mourned fully, they disappear.

32:30 intense emotion of any sort can produce an hallucination.

Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Exclusive First Read: ‘Hallucinations,’ By Oliver Sacks  (41 min)
October 24, 2012


Oliver Sacks: Hallucinations (35 min)
Talk of the Nation
November 09, 2012

A Community of One: Social Cognition and Auditory Verbal Hallucinations
Vaughan Bell
PLoS Biol, 2013, 11(12): e1001723. (December 03)



‘Equilaterial’: Martians, Oil And A Hole In The Desert

‘Equilaterial’: Martians, Oil And A Hole In The Desert
April 24, 2013
Ken Kalfus began his public writing career relatively late.
He published his first book at the age of 44.
Ever since then, he’s been making up for lost time.

Thayer … has stayed out in the midday sun too long.

‘A Life In Friendships’ Is A Life Well-Lived

‘A Life In Friendships’ Is A Life Well-Lived
by Meg Wolitzer
January 09, 2013
inevitably, of course, friendships shift and change and become something different from what they initially seemed.

what a friendship is, anyway?
After all, you’re not related to these people, you’re not married to them, so what exactly do you owe each other? What are the rules? And why do they keep changing all the time?

The Little Way of Ruthie Leming

A Grieving Brother Finds Solace In His Sister’s ‘Small Town’
April 29, 2013
When he was a teenager, journalist Rod Dreher couldn’t wait to escape Louisiana.
Now he has found his way home again in grief — after his sister’s death from lung cancer.
It was “in light” of that tragedy, Dreher says, that he discovered the value of community.
It’s the subject of his new book, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life.

the true meaning of life: the family and your values

Elegance Trumps Ethics In A Scientific Scandal

Elegance Trumps Ethics In A Scientific Scandal 
by Tania Lombrozo
April 29, 2013
Diederik Stapel, a Dutch social psychologist who committed fraud in 55, or more, of his scientific papers.

social psychology … the messiness of experimental data, which rarely led to clear conclusions.

Six Words

Six Words: Ask Who I Am, Not What
March 13, 2013
Charleyy Sullivan, a historian and rowing coach at the University of Michigan, learned that lesson after an encounter when he was in the seventh grade. His six words: “Where are you from? No answers.”

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