In this outtake from Alive Inside, we meet an elderly man who’s been in a nursing home for 10 years, and who is disengaged, listless and unresponsive to his environment. Then he is exposed to music from his earlier life, and is instantly transformed, engaging with the people around him. Oliver Sacks provides commentary in the clip, which is inspirational and amazing at the same time. (Via Boing Boing)
I am an Oliver Sacks groupie.
Alive Inside is premiering at the Rubin Museum in NYC this week. Shows run from Wednesday, April 18th through Saturday, April 21st. This seems like an unparallelled opportunity to marvel at the power and mystery of art, science, and the human brain, and to cry uncontrollably in public.