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Showing posts from January 16, 2011

Freaked out on Mars

One of the books I seem to tell people about fairly often is 'An Anthropologist on Mars'.
It's written by Oliver Sacks who also wrote 'The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat' and is the guy who Robin Williams played in 'Awakenings'. It's 16 years old now and it must be at least 10 since I first read it but several of the stories really got stuck in my brain and there's one in particular I keep going back to. To put it into context, the book is a series of case studies looking at people who have some sort of brain abnormality, either something caused by an accident or illness or something they were born with. There's a daredevil surgeon with asperger's syndrome, a buddha like religious convert with a grapefruit style brain tumour and then there is a woman, an expert in her field, who has autism.
The field this woman is an expert in is the human slaughtering of animals for human consumption. She lectures about it all over the world, consults wi…