Photograps: Mehmet Demiralp & A Şükran Demiralp
Designer: A.Şükran Demiralp
Prof. Dr. Oliver Sacks's book: "THE MAN WHO MISTOOK HIS WIFE FOR A HAT", from "EYES RIGHT"
Mrs. S., an intelligent woman in her forties.(She is reported to be in her sixties in the book.)
She has suffered a massive stroke, affecting the deeper and back portions of her right cerebral hemisphere. She has perfectly preserved intelligence - and humour..
Sometimes, she will put on lipstick, and make up the right half of her face, leaving the left half completely neglected; it is almost impossible to treat these things, because her attention cannot be drawn to them ('hemiinattention' - see Battersby 1956) and she has no conception that they are wrong. She knows it intellectually, and laugh; but it is impossible for her to know it directly.
(Translated into English by Mehmet Demirlalp)
Video Camera: Mehmet Demiralp
Keyboard: Oğuz Demiralp
Designer: A.Şükran Demiralp
June 23, 2012
Understanding differences_1: For all of us to be able to live happily (Translated into English by Mehmet Demirlalp)
Prof. Oliver Sacks analyses different perceptions and their causes by telling very interesting neurological stories in his book titled “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat”.
“Eyes Right” is one of these stories which sets an example for situations which we find strange at first sight without knowing why they behave so. “Nothing is like that it appears”.
The stories in the book show that knowledge is very important and they let us ask ourselves “why are we behaving so?” and let us understand the root problems
Therefore, I made a short film in 2006 together with my son and my husband; I am sharing some fractions of this film.
Society can learn and understand scientific thought. Thus, causes of events can be investigated without being content with their appearances and without prejudice. This way, all of us can be happier, free individuals. To this end, arts and science can help each other and actually can help us.
I concluded the following from the book “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat”:
· What is strange for us can be usual for “him”/ “her”. The half can be the whole for some others.
· If someone can well define the situation that creates problems for himself/herself and/or he/she is helped in doing this, he/she can find his/her own solution that will make his/her life easier; like “the rotating wheelchair” in section titled “Eyes Right” in “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat”.
· If we notice that someone has a missing perception (like that the woman in “Eyes Right” can not perceive her left side) and if we know that he/she is not aware of that, then we can understand him/her and we do not disturb him/her. Please see the experiment that Oliver Sacks made to test Mrs. S’ ability to perceive her left side.