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  • #16
    I'm bumping this up because it was recently mentioned elsewhere.

    Is Sacks wrong?
    Barrett L. Dorko

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    • #17
      “When I thought of the gesture indicating “So?” it would occur to me to shrug my shoulders, to shrug them expressively. I found this experience amusing, fascinating – and somewhat shocking; for it showed, very clearly, that one could have a sense or an illusion of free-will, even when the impulse was primarily physiologic in nature.”
      From John Milton's Paradise Lost, Satan's insight:

      "The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.”

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      • #18
        Right now, we are all experiencing....

        The Joy of Sachs....

        (Remember, it's Monday Pun-Day)

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        • #19
          Found an e-version of A Leg to Stand On this afternoon on Amazon.
          Rod Henderson, PT, ScD, OCS
          It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into. — Jonathan Swift

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          • #20
            Awesome! Perfect excuse to finally buy a tablet for reading.
            Dan
            Tactile Raconteur

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            • #21
              Talk about dragging up posts from years back! I had not read Sacks' Leg to Stand on until early this year - I have read all of his others and enjoyed his skillful narrative.

              So here I was, familiar with some of the steep and landslide-prone slopes of Norwegian hills, easily imagining the Bull and Oliver having a confrontation, with the bull on the losing side - thanks to the Norwegian hikers - and his stay in hospital trying to work out what his disobedient leg was not doing.

              Excellent story and a must-read for anyone who might still believe a pain rises from the MSK extremities.

              I wonder if Lorimer has read it??? Probably..

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              • #22
                Nari,

                I haven't heard Lorimer mention him.

                I talked about him all the time. In fact, I used to quote from his books. I read Awakenings as soon as I heard about it. I think I was in college. His writing struck me as unusual and suited me. People displayed the ability to walk down the hall after decades in bed. I had been taught they couldn't.

                I began to wonder.
                Last edited by Barrett Dorko; 28-01-2017, 09:40 PM.
                Barrett L. Dorko

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                • #23
                  You gotta' love Oliver Sacks. In 1961 he set the California state record with a 600 lb squat.

                  A big man in many ways....

                  In addition to all the wonderful things we have learned from this gifted man, my buddies on the south side of Chicago would probably pay him what to them was the highest compliment:

                  "He's a guy I'd take with me to bars in bad neighborhoods."

                  I also think he would have many friends in Ohio.
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                  • #24
                    You're right Ken.
                    Barrett L. Dorko

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