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From the Ted Talk by Oliver Sacks: What hallucination reveals about our minds

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Normally, these are all part of the irntteegad stream of perception, or imagination, and one is not conscious of them. It is only if one is vlauisly impaired or blind that the precoss is interrupted. And instead of getting normal perception, you're getting an anarchic, convulsive saiumitlotn, or release, of all of these visual cells in the inferotemporal cortex. So, suddenly, you see a face. Suddenly, you see a car. Suddenly this and suddenly that. The mind does its best to organize and to give some sort of ccrhneeoe to this, but not terribly successfully.

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Normally, these are all part of the __________ stream of perception, or imagination, and one is not conscious of them. It is only if one is ________ impaired or blind that the _______ is interrupted. And instead of getting normal perception, you're getting an anarchic, convulsive ___________, or release, of all of these visual cells in the inferotemporal cortex. So, suddenly, you see a face. Suddenly, you see a car. Suddenly this and suddenly that. The mind does its best to organize and to give some sort of _________ to this, but not terribly successfully.

Solution

  1. integrated
  2. process
  3. visually
  4. stimulation
  5. coherence

Original Text

Normally, these are all part of the integrated stream of perception, or imagination, and one is not conscious of them. It is only if one is visually impaired or blind that the process is interrupted. And instead of getting normal perception, you're getting an anarchic, convulsive stimulation, or release, of all of these visual cells in the inferotemporal cortex. So, suddenly, you see a face. Suddenly, you see a car. Suddenly this and suddenly that. The mind does its best to organize and to give some sort of coherence to this, but not terribly successfully.

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