Language In The Mind's Eye, By Oliver Sacks

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Throughout the entirety of our species evolution, we have had a partner besides us growing along the way. An essential aspect of humanity that enables us to separate ourselves from the rest of the animal kingdom has been there from the start, this aspect is language. As we’ve evolved, so has our language. Being able to communicate in a more complex manner than other species has enabled us to perceive the world in a new light and with a more collective mindset. Therefore, we have become a super species that is able to see things just from hearing people speak about them. This exceptional ability can be seen in a myriad a literary works. In “The Mind’s Eye”, by Oliver Sacks, Sacks talks to blind people in order to better understand the way they …show more content…
These forms can be based on the way that the blindness developed: congenitally, accidentally, or progressively. Or based on the physiological disorder behind the blindness: retinal, neuronal, cerebral. But what brings them together as a culture is the similarity behind their condition being that they make the best of through the use of language. Language is able to affect blind people’s perceptions. Words carry visual images with them, so when someone hears the word for something they have seen before, they are able to picture that word in their minds. Blind people who were not born blind can still perform this task, and in some cases their loss of actual vision enables their visual imagery in their brain to become stronger. Some blind people even state “that [this] newly strengthened visual imagery enabled [them] to think in ways that had not been available” (Sacks 332). Through the use of language, blind people are still able to perceive in a way similar to those who are not blind. However, language can also be used to persuade those who depend on it entirely to perceive. No two people perceive things in the exact same way. So when one person recounts an experience to someone, they are pushing their perception of the event onto that person. This can get dangerous for people who are blind and rely entirely on someone to tell them what is happening around them, for they may not perceive things in the same way as the person recounting events to

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