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Discussion Questions for The Mind's Eye

Jennifer
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1) How does Sack’s writing style and personality affect the presentation of his cases and patients? When you think back on his patients, what do you think about them and their lives?

2) How does the mind compensate for losses? Does the book change your mind about what is gained and what is lost in the case of illness or disability? How does that affect the pain of loss?


3) In February we read and discussed The Shallows by Nicholas Carr, which was about what the internet is doing to our brain plasticity. If you read that book, does Sack’s book change how you felt about the argument Carr presented?

4) How does the personality of the patients affect the ways they learn to manage or solve the problems of their lives?

5) To what extent does our brain create our experience, rather than the other way around? Does the idea that the brain will create input change how you view the world around you? What does it imply about your memories?

6) What role does language play in our understanding of the interaction between sight and the mind?

7) How different is the chapter about his own cancer and loss of sight?

8) Sacks has said in interviews that his theme is survival. How is this book about survival?
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