Posted by: Ed Darrell | April 11, 2008

Worst case of amnesia ever

Clive Wearing has what Dr. Oliver Sacks calls the worst ever case of amnesia. Mr. Wearing literally cannot remember what happened from one blink of the eye to the next — it’s a totally new world to him every time he blinks.

Here is the link to the Radiolab program of June 8, 2007, that we listened to in class: “Clive” (or scroll down to the story, “Clive”).

See also these links from Radiolab (the New Yorker article is particularly good):

Deborah’s book about Clive: Forever Today
Oliver Sacks’ new book: Musicophilia
Oliver Sacks’ website
Sacks’ article about Clive in the New Yorker

Radiolab noted the music played during the piece:

The music used during the Clive segment comes from Orlando Lassus, performed by the London Lassus Ensemble and conducted by Clive Wearing himself. Check out for more information on the composer. And if anyone needs a specific playlist, hit us at and we’ll send it to you!

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