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The Secret Sense

Right now, as you read this, you have a secret sense at work in your body. Right now, this secret sense is allowing you to hold whatever position you’re in, to manipulate the device you are reading on, scratch an itch while you are reading, and even to speak, gesture, and tell someone how awesome this post is and that they should be reading it, too. 771 more words



I was working for the publisher Gerald Duckworth in the 1990s packing up books in their warehouse. I had dropped out of law, having spent two very unhappy years as an articled clerk in a city firm and started working for Duckworth when the company moved from the Old Piano Factory in Camden Town to Hoxton Square. 1,259 more words


An irresistible title

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat – a title so intriguing that it must surely have shifted thousands of copies for that reason alone – is a collection of case histories about people with devastating brain conditions written by the neurologist Oliver Sacks. 276 more words


The Man Who Mistook... A Tribute to Oliver Sacks

It didn’t take me long to find the first reference i made to Oliver Sacks’ work: it’s in the first significant piece of writing it did, for my undergraduate dissertation on the psychology and neurophysiology of interpretation. 486 more words


RIP Oliver Sacks (1933-2015)

We knew him as a writer who bridged the worlds of science, art, and philosophy more dazzlingly than anyone before him. In works such as… 246 more words


Thank you, Dr. Sacks.

I was sixteen when I first read “The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat”. I was  attending my second year of high school, I was already in love with science and Medicine was already a fascinating subject for me, but I didn’t know much about the brain and its functioning. 744 more words