Neurologist Oliver Sacks: ‘Memory, Plagiarism, and the Necessary Forgettings of Creativity’ (Brain Pickings)

Legendary neurologist Oliver Sacks tackles memory and the tricks it plays on us, namely the “involuntarily blurring [of] the line between the experienced and the assimilated.” In an article for Brain Pickings, Maria Popova excerpts Sacks’ essay for The New York Review of Books while weaving in insights from others, including writer Jonah Lehrer, who resigned from The New Yorker following disclosures he had recycled earlier work, who said, “The biggest lie of human memory is that it feels true.”

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