• Title: Seeing Voices
  • Author: Oliver Sacks
  • ISBN: 9780307398161
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Paperback
  • Seeing Voices Like The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat this is a fascinating voyage into a strange and wonderful land a provocative meditation on communication biology adaptation and culture In Seeing Voice
    Like The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, this is a fascinating voyage into a strange and wonderful land, a provocative meditation on communication, biology, adaptation, and culture In Seeing Voices, Oliver Sacks turns his attention to the subject of deafness, and the result is a deeply felt portrait of a minority struggling for recognition and respect a minority witLike The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, this is a fascinating voyage into a strange and wonderful land, a provocative meditation on communication, biology, adaptation, and culture In Seeing Voices, Oliver Sacks turns his attention to the subject of deafness, and the result is a deeply felt portrait of a minority struggling for recognition and respect a minority with its own rich, sometimes astonishing, culture and unique visual language, an extraordinary mode of communication that tells us much about the basis of language in hearing people as well Seeing Voices is, as Studs Terkel has written, an exquisite, as well as revelatory, work.

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    1. I have been working a fair amount the last year with software that produces signed language - so I had to read this book, where Oliver Sacks presents his take on the strange and wonderful world of Deaf culture. I don't think it's his most objective piece of work, but it's impossible to be objective in the face of the monstrous injustice that has been inflicted on Deaf society. Even today, many people I talk to are not aware that signed languages are just as much "real" languages as English or Fr [...]

    2. When I was a child my cousin asked me if I would rather be blind or deaf. I didn't hesitate, I would much rather be deaf, I thought - a world of perpetual darkness was to be avoided at all costs.To be honest, I never really thought about this question again until reading this book. I had no idea what costs deafness can bring with it.Sacks go through many of these costs and explains, in remarkably simple language, some of the 'age dependent' structures that form our minds - how certain rules of l [...]

    3. “We are remarkably ignorant about deafness…Ignorant and indifferent.” I would definitely agree that I was relatively ignorant about deafness, probably because I didn’t know any deaf people until some months ago. Making the acquaintance of a young deaf man made me really curious about deaf people in general. This book taught me so much, it was truly enlightening.I think it should be read by everyone. Some of the stories about the deaf population's struggle for acceptance were very powerfu [...]

    4. Seeing Voices was originally published in 1989. That was a big in-between year for the deaf. In 1988 Gallaudet students successfully pushed for a deaf president of the university. And in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act would be signed into law.As for me, in 1989 I was three years old. I had not yet been diagnosed with my own hearing loss. I had no idea who Oliver Sacks was, what "deafness" means, where Gallaudet is, or what American Sign Language is. Two years later my worried parents [...]

    5. Oliver Sacks is a fantastic writer; thus, this book is a fascinating read. The reason it got only 3 stars from me is because he did not write this book yesterday he wrote it more than 20 years ago. I'm a speech therapist, and I work with many children who are deaf or hard of hearing in a school setting. So much of this book is now dated - the technology, the ideas, the arguments about deaf culture - even the words he uses to describe people who are deaf are outdated. Cochlear implants didn't exi [...]

    6. I'm glad a friend of mine recommended me this book, because before reading it, I knew almost nothing about deafness. As a matter of fact, I hadn't really given much thought about it in my life, since speech is something so natural in our lives. In its first two parts, The Deaf World and Thinking in Sign, Oliver Sacks talks about Sign, explaining in an accessible way, its origins and some of its neurophysiological characteristics - neuroplasticity and language development are also recurrent theme [...]

    7. This book is 25 years old, and while I'm certain there are more recent books on the topic of deafness, this one is still worth reading. It's not just about deafness, but about language, and how language shapes our brains, and how important language is to developing as a person. In just 150 pages, Oliver Sacks managed to blow my mind with things which had never occurred to me before.

    8. I first read this book in 1992, and have re-read it several times as my prelingually Deaf daughter has grown up. In many ways it is an odd book--A warm, wonderfully personal first section; a cold, complex scientifically explanatory middle section; and a passionate ending section. I disagree with the criticism that the book is "dated". All books are "dated" the moment they are published; there have been developments in the world of the Deaf, but nothing that changes the nature of communication or [...]

    9. Esta excelente incursão de Oliver Sacks no mundo dos surdos está organizada em 3 partes: 1. a primeira faz uma abordagem histórica sobre os surdos e a surdez, e explica-nos como surgiu a língua gestual americana, como não é uma simples transliteração em gestos das línguas faladas, nem sequer um conjunto de gestos de mímica ou pantomima; antes é uma língua completa, com uma sintaxe, semântica e gramática próprias, fonte de uma cultura específica e riquíssima (teatro, poesia, lite [...]

    10. The first two sections are a bit of a slog. Sacks goes into the history of educating deaf people, and he veers off all over the place into footnotes that are neither amusing nor informative. Despite that, he does manage to put the history of Sign and boarding schools for the deaf into both a historical and international context. To summarize, having successfully educated many people with Sign, demonstrating that deaf does not equal dumb in any sense, that hundred years of success was completely [...]

    11. A small book that packs a punch. The author is a neurologist and so much of his book (specifically the chapter Thinking in Sign)covers how language is developed from an infant on in someone hearing and then how language is acquired by someone deaf. This chapter is only 60 pages long, but it took me over a week before I could move on. I reread several pages and a mere sentence held so much meaning and could reveal so much to me that I actually found myself in a study mode craving to learn more. T [...]

    12. In my own social and professional contacts, I have not yet met a deaf person nor known anyone using Sign language. Before reading this book, if asked directly about Sign, I would venture to guess that it is probably some literal translation of written/aural language, maybe a sort of visual Braille-like formation. Well, if I would think a bit, such “visual Braille” would immediately be rendered impractical if not impossible. The first one third of the book is quite brilliantly written. Mostly [...]

    13. !!لأول مره أحس ان الصمم أسوأ من العمىسمعته أوديو وللأسف مالقيتش نسخه إلكترونيه مكتوبه علشان أقدر أتابع وأقصص منهد/أوليفر كعادته وبأسلوبه الممتع بيدخلنا عالم الصم والبكم عالم محروم لأبعد الحدود :(تجربة للي حابب يفهم جزء صغير من مدي حرمان الأصمدي أغنيه مترجمه للغة للإشاره شوف [...]

    14. Blow up your idea of what language is, by reading this book.I get that it would have been interesting to hear Dr. Sacks's thoughts on CI, and that the politics and science of Deafness he documented in 1989 have progressed now, but I think it sells short how he clearly explained what he learned about What Makes Us Human from exploring the language and culture of the Deaf community.

    15. Eu já era fã de Oliver Sacks por sua forma belíssima forma de transitar entre o médico e o poético na descrição do cérebro humano. Assim, quando soube que ele tinha feito uma incursão no mundo dos surdos, não podia deixar de ler. Escrito há mais de 20 anos atrás, algumas outras resenhas apontam que o livro pode estar, em matéria de conhecimento e avanços científicos, bastante datado. Entretanto, para quem não está familiarizado com o universo da gente surda, sua história e suas [...]

    16. The first part is absolutely amazing, the most engaging part of the book probably, where Sacks describes how deaf people were unjustly treated in the past, feelings about being deaf, and a delightful part with insights of linguistics of Sign, which is a must read for anyone interested in languages I think.I couldn't stand though the part of praising-the-deaf, where I couldn't continue reading on, as I didn't find useful spending time reading several pages of glorification. I understand that deaf [...]

    17. I'm considering being a linguist because of this book. There are some things, some existences that just cannot be explained. Sacks does a great job showing you just how much language can make a person, and does a great job trying to depict the life of the language-less. It's a tough existence that's darn near impossible to even imagine, but this book gives as good of a overall peek as you'll ever get.

    18. Actually I've read this twice in Finnish, but there's no entry for the Finnish edition. The Finnish edition can't be bought anywere anymore as new since no new editions/publications have been made in years and the first ones are all sold out, but it's listed in many libraries.

    19. I picked this book up in the library of the college where I studied British Sign Language. They have a small section dedicated to BSL and Deaf studies, which I'm sure I'll work my way through while my library card still works. Anyway, I was interested to hear Oliver Sacks' perspective on Deafness as a neurologist, so I decided to give "Seeing Voices" a go.This book definitely shows its age, having been published 25 years ago (before the Americans with Disabilities Act – and, indeed, the UK's D [...]

    20. Vendo Vozes é um livro por um lado datado. Foi escrito nos anos 80 e revisado nos anos 90. Um período pré internet que fica evidente ao longo da leitura. São três livros em um e acabam se repetindo um pouco. Diferente de outros livros do mesmo autor, Vendo Vozes tem em alguns momentos uma estrutura de ensaio sobre a importância da linguagem no desenvolvimento da inteligência e do indivíduo. Claro que ele não se restringe à lingua falada, mas principalmente pelo estudo de casos de surde [...]

    21. Published June 1989, the year after the Gallaudet University revolution.Interesting but pretty basic. Good for me since I haven’t read much on the topic at all and it references other material (David Wright’s autobiography, for example) and gives enough of a basic history to give a casual reader a basic understanding. I’m quite sorry to have listened to the audio version since it skips most of the footnotes, which are the most interesting part of the book for me! It’s a short-book in any [...]

    22. Sacks' infinite ability to empathy deepens any subject he touches. This book has been a complete surprise for me for two reasons: first, I started out reading it as a book about the deaf community, by and by I realizing that, far from talking about a physical trait, this book is about the process of defining a group identity, an identity that is unique, powerful, and beyond national. Second, when Sack touches something he goes to the very root of the phenomenon, so, intending to read about the w [...]

    23. Ok I don't think that the science side of things was as on point with this book as with some of his other works but gosh he got me caught up in the enthusiasm of the subject matter so well! I was swept away into this world, the world of the unhearing so quickly. I found myself wanting to learn sign and to be introduced to deaf culture too. His enthusiasm is palpable and it really will rub off on you in this one. Though there isn't as much science to this book as some of his others I found the vo [...]

    24. El lenguaje, la capacidad que tenemos de comunicación es quizás una de las mayores diferencias que tenemos con el resto de los animales. Pero, ¿qué pasa con los sordos? ¿Es cierto eso de que un idioma puede definir una forma en la que el cerebro estructura la información? ¿qué pasa con la gente que son bilingües siendo uno de los idiomas el de signos? Si una persona habla sólo con señas, ¿mueve las manos cuando piensa?Todas estas cosas y muchas más están explicadas en este libro, s [...]

    25. A very interesting read that made me think more about the deaf community and how difficult it would be to be born without hearing. The first half of the book is fascinating and thought provoking with some interesting case studies, but it is let down by the second half of the book which is repetitive and very dated. It would be nice to have an updated version with mention of the effect of new technology and up to date case studies. The importance and history of signing was interesting and I am gl [...]

    26. I just wrote a thoughtful review of this book, but it disappeared when I hit save.There are other good reviews, so I will just go with my complaint. It is a pain in the patootie to have 65 pages of footnotes at the end of a 130 page book. The foot notes have some interesting material so it was worth turning back and forth to read them. However footnotes that are anything more than a reference on showing where the author got a quote should be at the foot of the page so that the reader can comfort [...]

    27. Never met a Sacks I didn't like - this one is no exception, although I really wish the extensive notes had been footnoted and not crammed at the end like an unusually important epilogue. Quite a bit here that I knew about (had a few friends, Deaf and hearing both, who were part of the Deaf community growing up), but much that I didn't. One interesting/heartbreaking bit? How Sign was initially adopted and then abandoned until recently. Best stuff? The examination of the linguistics and neurology [...]

    28. Veo una voz es un libro extraño, no tanto por su temática, sino por su articulación con toda la obra de Sacks. Si bien el libro es interesante e informativo, no tiene la fuerza de sus otras obras. La primera parte parece un trabajo monográfico sobre Harlan Lane, la segunda es más un ensayo lingüístico sobre el lenguaje de señas y la tercera es una crónica sobre el "civil rights movement" en la universidad Gaudellet. Como piezas individuales se sostienen pero como conjunto no estoy tan s [...]

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