|Oliver Sacks - |
unrecognisable to himself
In the course of this programme it was revealed that Sacks himself suffered a condition - the complete inability to recognise faces. A condition formally named Prosopagnosia - from the Greek for the complete inability to recognise faces. This was remarkable - asked to name a photograph of Elvis Presley and Oprah Winfrey, he stared blankly. He laboured to work out from surrounding clues who the Queen was and hazarded a guess at Barak Obama.
FB had no idea such a condition existed but apparently 2% of people have it to some degree. Professor Sacks is at the extreme end - he doesn't even recongnise his own face.
Gradually it dawned on FB that this condition must be linked in some way to his own disability and he will be contacting Professor Sacks to invite him to investigate further. FB's condition is known as straightoneagnosia - from the Greek for the complete inability to recognise a straight ball. This is a chronic condition and is probably congenital. It can lie dormant for, well, minutes before bursting out again and spoiling an afternoon's enjoyment (for FB anyway, bowlers seem generally pleased by the outcome). There is no known cure for this condition.