“What we can say, in general terms, is that these hallucinations reflect the minute anatomical organization, the cytoarchitecture, of the primary visual cortex, including its columnar structure — and the ways in which the activity of millions of nerve cells organizes itself to produce complex and ever-changing patterns. We can actually see, through such hallucinations, something of the dynamics of a large population of living nerve cells and, in particular, the role of what mathematicians term deterministic chaos in allowing complex patterns of activity to emerge throughout the visual cortex. This activity operates at a basic cellular level, far beneath the level of personal experience. They are archetypes, in a way, universals of human experience.”—Oliver Sacks makes migraines sound elegant and scientifically significant
I always particularly enjoyed #s 29, 36, 67, 76, plus a bunch of other greats around Santa Monica such as:
1. brian kest yoga 2. biking on the beach trail sm-venice 3. mao’s kitchen byob 4. temescal canyon 5. real food daily 6. surfing broad beach malibu 7. a votre sante 8. coral tree cafe 9. kcrw morning becomes eclectic (better in the same time zone) 10. carousel at santa monica pier 11. infuzion boba tea 12. the troubadour 13. yard sales 14. nuwilshire theater 15. border grill happy hour 16. hammer museum garden 17. pho in westwood 18. sunsets along the PCH in malibu
I love that he made something musical and beautiful out of the BQE (whose rumble of trucks shook me awak at 4am and prevented me from sleeping through the night for 8 months in 2007, but whose direct shot to LaGuardia can get me there in 12 minutes door to door w/o traffic).