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Posted at 1:27 PM ET, 02/15/2011

Lunch Break

By Ezra Klein

Oliver Sacks details what hallucination teaches us about our minds:

By Ezra Klein  | February 15, 2011; 1:27 PM ET
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that was very interesting.
visual artists like odilon redon, gustave dore, pierre bonnard...gustave klimt...some of.their canvasses are like extraordinary hallucinations. i wonder what oliver sacks thinks, when he looks at their paintings.
beautiful hallucinations make great art, and beautiful things.
science may call it a syndrome with someone's name....a creative person might just call it imagination, and accept it as their own way of seeing the world.
if a person feels more comfortable knowing they are not "mad," and their brain is just misfiring, okay.
we have a need to explain everything.
soon we will know what part of seurat's brain was misfiring him, for him to create a universe out of pointillistic dots.

Posted by: jkaren | February 15, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

if marc chagall was painting purple brides and red cows in the sky, and dali was painting melting clocks....that must have been an indistinguishable part of their vision of reality.
we all live in vastly different universes.
scientific explanations give comfort in a magical universe.
we may have a major, undiscovered planet in our very own solar system.
"either all of it is a miracle. or none of it is a miracle."
albert einstein

Posted by: jkaren | February 15, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

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