Virtual Event: Noga Arikha
The Ceiling Outside:
The Science and Experience
of the Disrupted Mind
in conversation with SHAYLA LOVE
May 27, 2022
5:00 PM ET
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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes NOGA ARIKHA—philosopher, historian, and author of Passions and Tempers: A History of the Humours—for a discussion of her new book The Ceiling Outside: The Science and Experience of the Disrupted Mind. She will be joined in conversation by senior staff writer at Vice News SHAYLA LOVE.
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About The Ceiling Outside
A diabetic woman awakens from a coma having forgotten the last ten years of her life. A Haitian immigrant has nightmares that begin bleeding into his waking hours. A retired teacher loses the use of her right hand due to pain of no known origin.
Noga Arikha began studying these patients and their confounding symptoms in order to explore how our physical experiences inform our identities. Soon after she initiated her work, the question took on unexpected urgency, as Arikha’s own mother began to show signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
Weaving together stories of her subjects’ troubles and her mother’s decline, Arikha searches for some meaning in the science she has set out to study. The result is an unforgettable journey across the ever-shifting boundaries between ourselves and each other.
Praise for The Ceiling Outside
“Noga Arikha is a poet and a painter with the soul of a scientist. Trust her to guide you through a study of suffering and healing that will leave you humanly richer and, wonder of wonders, at peace with yourself.” ―Antonio Damasio, author of Feeling and Knowing
“Noga Arikha is that rare author whose deep knowledge of philosophy, science, and the arts allows her to move deftly from the quandaries of medical diagnosis and the scientific ideas that inform them to the intimate narratives of people afflicted with illnesses that threaten the coherence of that mysterious thing we call ‘a self.’ Astute, compassionate, and brilliant, The Ceiling Outside is finally an adventure story in the bewildering drama of being.” ―Siri Hustvedt, author of Memories of the Future
“With grace, rigour, and imagination, Arikha brings together the languages of mind, brain, and embodied human experience to give us a book that fascinates on every page.” ―Lisa Appignanesi, author of Mad, Bad and Sad
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