Oliver Sacks On Bearing Witness

Oliver Sacks (July 09, 1933 - August 30, 2015) I would like it to be thought that I had listened carefully to what patients and others have told me, that I’ve tried to imagine what it was like for them, and that I tried to convey this. And, to use a biblical term, bear witness.

Marcelo Gleiser On Listening

Marcelo Gleiser (March 19, 1959 -) We are a story, each of us. And a story with no listener is the same as silence, as oblivion. Some stories are harder to listen to, or can't be listened to in ordinary ways, and so, take a very special kind of listener. (Speaking of Oliver Sacks)

Oliver Sacks On Nothing

Oliver Sacks (July 09, 1933 - August 30, 2015) Nature abhors a vacuum—and so do we. The idea of a void—of emptiness, nothingness, spacelessness, placelessness, all such “lessness”—is at once abhorrent and inconceivable, and yet it haunts us in the strangest, most paradoxical way. As Beckett writes, “Nothing is more real than nothing.”

Oliver Sacks On Thinking

Oliver Sacks (July 09, 1933 - August 30, 2015) I say I love writing but really it is thinking I love — the rush of thoughts — new connections in the brain being made. And it comes out of the blue…In such moments: I feel such love of the world, love of thinking.