“Neurological patients, Oliver Sacks has written, are travellers to unimaginable lands. An Anthropologist on Mars offers portraits of seven such travellers– including a surgeon consumed by the compulsive tics of Tourette’s Syndrome except when he is operating; an artist who loses all sense of color in a car accident, but finds a new sensibility and creative power in black and white; and an autistic professor who has great difficulty deciphering the simplest social exchange between humans, but has built a career out of her intuitive understanding of animal behavior…Along the way, he gives us a new perspective on the way our brains construct our individual worlds. In his lucid and compelling reconstructions of the mental acts we take for granted–the act of seeing, the transport of memory, the notion of color–Oliver Sacks provokes anew a sense of wonder at who we are.” [more]
Discussion facilitated by Dr Robert Stowe. Dr. Robert Stowe obtained an MD at Queen’s University; a year of graduate studies in philosophy of mind and a neurology residency at the University of Toronto; and a fellowship in behavioral neurology at Harvard Medical School. He was a founding Core Faculty member of the joint University of Pittsburgh-Carnegie Mellon University Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition. Since 1998 he has been practising behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry in Vancouver, where he is based in the UBC Neuropsychiatry Program, and lectures on disorders of higher cortical function.
Supported by the Public Education Program, UBC Department of Psychiatry and the Institute of Mental Health.
Lucid Book Club and Reading Series is a monthly event utilizing the world of literature to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness.Meetings are generally held bimonthly, currently at the Alumni Room UBC Medical Student & Alumni Centre (MSAC)Lucid meetings are supported by the public education program of UBC’s Department of Psychiatry and the Institute of Mental Health.The meetings are an accredited group learning activity of the Royal College College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada