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...and who comes to see me in the night...

At 4 a.m. I awoke to the sound of a skunk trying to crack into my cooler that was outside the dolphin door. I am fairly accustomed to midnight prowlers; skunks, raccoons and bears, sometimes all three seem to have declared a truce between one another in pursuit of the delectables I keep in my beat up green cooler with the broken hinges and handles replaced by tubular nylon. 1,221 more words


Do Mendeleevs Dream of Elemental Patterns?!

Ever wonder why the Periodic Table is arranged the way it is and how the pattern emerged?

Check out this fantastic Radiolab podcast to hear the ever curious and ever delightful… 41 more words


The Mind's Eye, by Oliver Sacks

The Mind’s Eye may be the Oliver Sacks book that comes closest in style and quality to his classic The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat… 2,270 more words


The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat - Oliver Sacks

I’m very interested in neurological conditions. I don’t have any experience of them, and I certainly don’t have any qualifications to do with them – they just fascinate me. 265 more words


READING AGAIN. Oliver Sacks's new memoir.

I’ve had an excellent couple of weeks. In addition to my on-going reading of Soviet history, I read Helen MacDonald’s H is for Hawk, a wonderful account of how MacDonald trained a goshawk called Mabel at a time when she was experiencing the obsession, the desire for control and the longing for abandon that accompanies grief. 936 more words


Welcome to MusicoPhilosophia, a blog about studying music.

Welcome to a new MusicoPhilosophia, a blog about studying music.

One of my main mantras in life is that creativity is the highest form of appreciation. 578 more words

Oliver Sacks's On the Move, reviewed: The gentle doctor recounts sowing his wild oats

On the Move: A Life
By Oliver Sacks
397 pp; $32

In a culture ever straining to domesticate difference or impose illusions of consensus, the work of Oliver Sacks serves as a reminder that our experience of the world, right down to the fundamentals of perception, is infinitely varied—and that this variation should be a source of wonder, not ostracism. 810 more words