Wednesday, August 08, 2012

To the Best Of Our Knowledge: Seeing and Perceiving

Seeing and Perceiving
To the Best of Our Knowledge (Wisconsin Public Radio)

Oliver Sacks has an unusual problem. He can't recognize other people's faces. In fact, he doesn't always recognize himself when he's looking in the mirror. Sacks is also a neurologist who's fascinated by brain disorders. We'll talk with Sacks and with the painter Chuck Close, who also suffers from face-blindness. In this hour of To the Best of Our knowledge, the many ways of seeing the world.

Oliver Sacks on Facial Blindness

Oliver Sacks' new book is an unusually personal book because it reveals his own struggle with a disorder called facial blindness.

Susan Kreiger on "Traveling Blind"

Susan Krieger not completely blind, but her vision is bad enough to make her legally blind. She recently got a guide dog, Teela, who is now her constant companion.

Ken Nordine's "Yellow"

Ken Nordine recites his word poem "yellow".

David Eagleman on Synesthesia

David Eagleman is a neurologist and the co-author of the book "Wednesday is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia."

Chuck Close and Christopher Finch on Close's Career

Chuck Close, a painter famous for his huge canvases and his uncanny ability to portray his subjects with almost photographic realism. He has a neurological condition that prevents him from recognizing people's faces.

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