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Oliver Sacks

Mass Shootings and 'Crazy People'

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

If you listen to the recent televised discussions on mass shootings, you would think that those of us with serious mental-health diagnoses are responsible for most of the tragic shootings that occur in this country.

The Pounding Heartbeat of Oliver Sacks

Jimmy Dunne | Posted 09.01.2015 | Good News
Jimmy Dunne

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Awakenings and The Mind's Eye may have been chock-full of medical facts, but they were just snapshots of Oliver Sacks' heart -- all poetic studies of human suffering and what gives life meaning.

Mourning the Loss and Celebrating the Legacies of Three Gifted Gentlemen

Cathy Chester | Posted 09.01.2015 | Impact
Cathy Chester

Heaven became three times richer this weekend with the passing of three incredibly gifted men who were each deeply committed to their craft. They illuminated our lives in varied ways with their brilliance and talents, and brightened our world with their legacies.

The Religion of Oliver Sacks

S. Brent Plate | Posted 09.02.2015 | Religion
S. Brent Plate

His is not a story of an atheist in a foxhole, not a story of someone "finding God" at the end of life. Sacks' story does not have that finale. But his is a spiritual story nonetheless, in the deeper understanding of what we talk about when we talk about religion.

Ode to Oliver Sacks

Dr. Behzad Mohit | Posted 08.31.2015 | Science
Dr. Behzad Mohit

Dear Oliver remember, Forms change but substance endures (until it doesn't!) Surfs dissolve into the ocean. Oliver dissipates into Time/Space, soaked in love.

Jimmy Carter, Oliver Sacks and Me

Herb Silverman | Posted 09.01.2015 | Religion
Herb Silverman

Two people I've long admired announced this year that they had terminal illnesses: Dr. Oliver Sacks and former President Jimmy Carter. Both have lived consequential lives and are role models for me on how to behave during my last months of life (many years from now, I hope).

Learn More About Neurologist Oliver Sacks' Greatest Works

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 09.01.2015 | Healthy Living

(Reuters) - Oliver Sacks, the neurologist who studied the intricacies of the brain and wrote eloquently about them in books such as "Awakeni...

Oliver Sacks, Neurologist And Author, Dies At 82

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 08.31.2015 | Science

Famed British neurologist and author Oliver Sacks died on Sunday at the age of 82, his assistant told The New York Times.  The cause o...

Oliver Sacks, Acclaimed Author And Neurologist, Reflects On What Faith Means At The End Of Life

The New York Times | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.17.2015 | Religion

MY mother and her 17 brothers and sisters had an Orthodox upbringing — all photographs of their father show him wearing a yarmulke, and I was t...

Staving Off Alzheimer's

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 08.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Fran Moreland Johns

Spilman's prepared remarks consisted largely of useful, realistic advice about how to delay the cognitive decline most of us will experience at some point. The audience, ranging from 20-somethings to more than a few senior citizens, was furiously note-taking throughout (or furiously jotting down questions for the Q&A session to follow.)

The Autobiography of Oliver Sacks

David Edmund Moody | Posted 07.24.2015 | Books
David Edmund Moody

On the Move is the autobiography of neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks. Many readers might be familiar with his work: Among other things, he wrote Aw...

Viewing Ourselves In and Out of Context

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

To view ourselves in the context of our background, history and the present, is an essential aspect of self-acceptance.

Book Review: Oliver Sacks' "On the Move" and the Obligation of the Teacher

Ronald Tiersky | Posted 06.12.2015 | Education
Ronald Tiersky

A personal note: writing this sort of literary/political/personal article about "On the Move" with references a lot of other things that happened is significant for me, for two reasons

Why You Shouldn't Read This Post

Lola Reed | Posted 04.25.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Lola Reed

Because we're all spending waaaaaaay too much time staring at screens -- and even when we do come across some nugget of wisdom that has the capacity t...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Tonight, after an interminable build-up, we finally find out who will take home an Oscar -- and who will be forced to smile gamely when someone else's name is called. My can't-miss prediction: there will be at least two Fifty Shades of Grey jokes. Back in the real world, Walmart, the nation's largest employer, announced plans to hike its minimum wage. As the White House tweeted, "Good to see @Walmart raising wages for about 500,000 employees. Now it's time for Congress to #RaiseTheWage." On a sad note, Oliver Sacks announced that he has terminal cancer. He's taught us so much over the years, and continues to do so now about one of life's most challenging subjects: dying. "I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential," he writes. "I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude." Ours, too -- for this vital and timeless lesson.

6 Important Lessons From Oliver Sacks' Poignant Op-Ed

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 02.19.2015 | Healthy Living

How would you live your life if you knew you were on borrowed time? British neurologist Oliver Sacks, who penned best-selling books like Awakenings...

Best-Selling Author Describes Experience Of Learning He Has Terminal Cancer

The New York Times | Posted 02.19.2015 | Healthy Living

A MONTH ago, I felt that I was in good health, even robust health. At 81, I still swim a mile a day. But my luck has run out — a few weeks ago I lea...

First Nighter: Peter Brooks' Valley of Astonishment, The Sucker Emcee, The Bullpen

David Finkle | Posted 11.26.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

The interest Oliver Sacks takes in the human brain fascinates Peter Brook. The Valley of Astonishment is another consequence of that fascination, and, as presented at the Young Vic, currently Brook's London outlet of choice, it, too, is fascinating.

Music's Power to Overcome and Transform

Francine Toder, Ph.D. | Posted 10.19.2014 | Fifty
Francine Toder, Ph.D.

Music is one of our oldest forms of communication. It resonates with life itself. Like a heartbeat, music provides a rhythm that is uniquely comforting.

Robin Williams, 1983: Even Then, You Could See Life Was A Struggle

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

It's important for me to fall in love with people while I'm interviewing them and writing about them, but there's usually a half-life. After a while, you barely remember them. Robin was different. He made me more vivid to myself, and you don't get that every day.

Coping With Undesirables

George Heymont | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Americans love a scapegoat. From Communists to slaves, from LGBT people to those suspected of witchcraft, the venom with which some Americans have shamed and persecuted innocent people is quite beyond the pale.

Katherine Brooks

'We Want To Address Difficult Conversations'

HuffingtonPost.com | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.20.2013 | Arts

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, an organization that's been bringing its unique combination of cho...

Seeing What Isn't There: Oliver Sacks's Hallucinations

Michael Roth | Posted 03.02.2013 | Books
Michael Roth

Sacks has turned hallucinations from something bizarre and frightening into something that seems part of what it means to be a person. His book, too, is a medical and human triumph.

What Can an Angry Bull Teach You About Your Brain's Potential?

Ben Thomas | Posted 08.27.2012 | Science
Ben Thomas

What can we learn from Oliver Sacks' experience (other than, you know, to pay attention to warnings about dangerous animals, and to avoid hiking up desolate mountains alone)? Three morals come to mind.

Music Reinvigorates Elderly Man Like You Wouldn't Believe

Susan Michals | Posted 06.10.2012 | Arts
Susan Michals

And next week, a must-see documentary debuts in New York City on the power of music and it's positive impact on the elderly.