Howard Engel: ‘The Man Who Forgot How To Read’

Howard Engel: ‘The Man Who Forgot How To Read’
July 24, 2008
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=92875639

Mystery writer Howard Engel woke up one morning terrified to find that he couldn’t read the words in the newspaper.
In his new memoir, Engel describes living with a rare condition called word blindness, which leaves him able to write, but unable to read.

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Oliver Sacks, Exploring How Hallucinations Happen

Oliver Sacks, Exploring How Hallucinations Happen (46 min)
November 06, 2012
http://www.npr.org/2012/11/06/164360724/oliver-sacks-exploring-how-hallucinations-happen

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
http://www.npr.org/2012/10/24/163271304/exclusive-first-read-hallucinations-by-oliver-sacks

related:

Oliver Sacks: Hallucinations (35 min)
Talk of the Nation
November 09, 2012
http://www.npr.org/2012/11/09/164797143/oliver-sacks-hallucinations

A Community of One: Social Cognition and Auditory Verbal Hallucinations
Vaughan Bell
PLoS Biol, 2013, 11(12): e1001723. (December 03)
http://www.plosbiology.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pbio.1001723

http://www.npr.org/2016/03/25/471614065/just-days-before-her-father-died-she-told-him-what-he-meant-to-her