The River of Consciousness

The River of Consciousness

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"A collection of essays that displays Oliver Sacks’s passionate engagement with the most compelling and seminal ideas of human endeavor: evolution, creativity, memory, time, consciousness, and experience." --
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, c2017
ISBN: 9780345808998
Branch Call Number: 612.8233 SAC 2017
Characteristics: 237 pages

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MaryElizabeth17
Dec 01, 2017

I loved this book. Sacks presents individual chapters that are streams that flow into a river of his consciousness. In one on memory, he talks about how artists often unintentionally borrow from each other and has a humorous anecdote about a time when Mark Twain did this. In the next chapter on creativity when Sacks explores the question of why some artists achieve greatness and others do not, he discusses the idea of an incubation period that precedes artistic greatness. In this incubation, there is a forgetting when the unconscious continues to work. This of course is when the forgetting of the previous chapter merges ideas that flowed from other creative sources. In the end, he raises the notion of how significant sheer luck is in the history of science and medicine. It is often about being in the right place at the right time, as is much of life.

JCLAmyF Nov 14, 2017

I love Oliver Sacks and this book is no exception. His blend of personality and love of science makes this a very engaging read!

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