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Categoría: Atlas biográfico-ciencia

DAVID BOWIE / OLIVER SACKS

David Bowie has died today. I heard the news when I was about to finish Oliver Sacks’ memoirs On the move: a Life.

Solaris / Blue Ham

Solaris / Blue Ham

In fact, I was reading for a second time the enthralling chapter where he considers not only colour but consciousness too, the result of a “construction” (almost artistic, shall I add?). After having written about “visual reality”, Sacks starts then displaying his amazing vision of “time reality”.

Time

Time

It’s sad that these two extraordinary men have left us (Sacks died last 30th August) and Zugvogelblog wants to pay tribute to them. What can be closer for me to being an atom or a neurone than dancing the night away, nonstop, frenetically? Let’s dance…

 

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TO CLIMB, PERCHANCE TO FLY!

Pauline Wiessner researches communities of hunter-gatherers. She is particularly interested in the questions of how relationships of reciprocity and social networks are used to reduce risk but on her way to studying these questions she branches out into medical anthropology, ethno-archaeology, ethology, ecology, warfare, ritual, oral history, as well as modern and traditional court systems. She has lived in Vietnam after the war, in the highlands of Papua New Guinea and in Southern Africa too, with the Bushmen, whose language she speaks fluently… “I am still learning”, she told me full of sincerity. Then, she says something in kung and the whole of Africa seems to be contained in that sound, in a verbal nutshell.

Salt Lake Tribune University of Utah Professor of Anthropology Polly Wiessner poses for a portrait with her cockatoo at her home, 2012. Photo: Chris Detrick

Salt Lake Tribune University of Utah Professor of Anthropology Polly Wiessner poses for a portrait with her cockatoo at her home, 2012. Photo: Chris Detrick

When she received the International Award of the Spanish Geographical Society, Wiessner delighted her audience in Madrid with a summary of her life. “I spent my childhood”, she started, “at the end of a rope”. Leer el resto de esta entrada »