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  • 17 mar. 2015

  • What’s it like to face a faceless world? Acclaimed neurologist Oliver Sacks once apologized for almost bumping into a large bearded man, only to realize he was speaking to a mirror. Sacks and photo-realist painter Chuck Close—geniuses from opposite ends of the creative spectrum—share their experiences of living with a curious condition known as “face blindness,” or prosopagnosia. With RadioLab's Robert Krulwich, they discuss the challenges of maintaining interpersonal relationships—when even family and close friends appear as strangers. The World Science Festival gathers great minds in science and the arts to produce live and digital content that allows a broad general audience to engage with scientific discoveries. Our mission is to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for all the latest from WSF. Visit our Website: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on twitter: Original Program Date: June 4, 2010 MODERATOR: Robert Krulwich PARTICIPANTS: Chuck Close, Alexandra Lynch, Oliver Sacks Robert Krulwich's introduction 00:20 Participants introductions 05:00 When did you discover you had prosopagnosia? 07:30 Chuck's work and working with face blindness. 11:28 Is it just faces or does it include places? 15:15 Prepping for a test with a bathtub? 20:00 Identifying people with no faces 28:56 Oliver on going from 3D to a 2D world. 34:12 What percent of the population has prosopagnosia? 44:40 Recognizing people by just their facial features. 51:35 Special Guest:Alexandra Lynch Introduction 57:24 Can you recognize people by just their voice? 1:09:00 How many faces can our brains keep track of? 01:10:35 Are there certain conditions that are co-morbid? 01:13:23 Alexandra has your ability helped in your career. 01:14:18 If you have face blindness could an app/tech help you out. 01:16:27


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  • Brenda Burney
    Brenda Burney Hace 1 año

    When it was just the sillhouettes, I got 3 out of 4. But only 3 out of 10 for the faces without hair.

  • Sherlock
    Sherlock Hace 5 años

    the guy in the wheelchair, "I run into around a 1,000 people per week", 142 new people you have any kind of interaction with per day?? please...

  • kumari de silva
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  • Voila Devi Evandhani
    Voila Devi Evandhani Hace 4 meses

    Omg how come I didn't know Dr Oliver Sacks went to World Science Festival! I really love his books. I have The Man Who Mistook His Wive for A Hat, An Anthropologist on Mars, Migraine, and Seeing Voices. I have more still on my wish list. The Man Who Mistook His Wive for A Hat is one of my all time favorite books.

  • punker4Real
    punker4Real Hace 2 años

    I only got two out of 10 so it was zero of 10

  • claire higgins
    claire higgins Hace 1 año

    I have this condition and everyone who knows me, knows I can’t recognise faces so if I see them in town in a new coat or a new hair cut they tell me who they are. Older people are often rude about it, an older lady my mother knows and happened to be my neighbor tried to have a shooting match in a supermarket and her reason for not believing me was because I’m “not stupid”. My not stupid and don’t want rude people in my life so it works for me.

  • Sherlock
    Sherlock Hace 5 años

    why did they bother bringing on their 'star' guest? "I knew I was right just because I knew"?? If she has no evidence (i.e. "was that you on that bike?") then she is chatting ... hhmmm...... rubbish at best. "I'm recording incredible amounts of information".. no, you're talking incredible amounts of ..