Oliver Sacks Shares His 'Heavenly' Indigo Acid Trip

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World Science Festival - Cooper Union
Join famed neurologist Oliver Sacks and award-winning journalist John Hockenberry as they discuss Sacks' latest book, which explores the bewitching and surreal world of hallucinations.

The conversation will canvass the rich cultural history and contemporary science of the hallucinatory experience, and will also touch on Sacks' own early psychedelic forays that helped convince him to dedicate his life to neurology and to write about the myriad riddles of the human mind.

Oliver Sacks
Neurologist, Author

Oliver Sacks, a physician and author, has been called "the poet laureate of medicine" by The New York Times. His books and essays, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and An Anthropologist on Mars, are used in schools and universities around the world. He is also the author of Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, and a forthcoming book, The Mind's Eye.

In his books, Sacks describes patients struggling to live with brain conditions ranging from Tourette's syndrome to autism, Parkinsonism, phantom limb syndrome, schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease. His book Awakenings inspired a play by Harold Pinter and also the Oscar-nominated feature film with Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. His essays regularly appear in the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, as well as various medical journals.

Sacks is professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine.

John Hockenberry

John Hockenberry is an award-winning journalist with twenty-five years experience in radio, broadcast television and print. He is the host of WNYC and PRI's The Takeaway, a correspondent for PBS Frontline, and a noted presenter and moderator at conferences such at TED, Aspen Ideas, and the World Science Festival.


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