Why Oliver Sacks is One of the Great Modern Adventurers

The neurologist’s latest investigations of the mind explore the mystery of hallucinations – including his own

Dr. Oliver Sacks dives deep into the brain to find the greatest adventures. (Leonardo Cendamo)
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He goes on to talk about why he ended his own experiments with hallucinogens.

“The last one was in February of ’67,” he recalls. “But I felt somehow tilted into the mode of wonder and creativity, which I’d known when I was much younger. While there have been dead periods, that [mode of wonder] has been with me ever since.

“So I don’t feel any psychological, let alone metaphysical, need for anything beyond daily experience and clinical experience.”

The “mode of wonder”! The wonder of the ordinary. “Once you’ve been there, done that, you don’t need to do it anymore?” I ask.

“Well, ‘there’ becomes available.”

“There” becomes available! Yes.

That’s his secret. Dr. Oliver Sacks is “there.”


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