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I have worked with individuals who can't recognize faces and have marveled at the skills they develop to navigate the world. This 2010 interview with Oliver Sachs and Chuck Close is very informative - they both were able to develop the skills they needed to excel in their lives, without viewing their inability to recognize faces as a deficient. Chuck had a difficult time with his studies due to dyslexia and was diagnosed with facial blindness and a neuromuscular condition that prevented him from engaging in athletics, making participating in school activities very challenging. After making the decision to pursue art, he excelled and is known for his super-realistic portraits. Renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks was a physician, best-selling author, and professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine. This interview is a fascinating look into what it is like to travel the world without the ability to recognize human faces.

 

 

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