Eccentrics: A Study of Sanity and Strangeness

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Villard Books, 1995 - Psychology - 277 pages
Eccentrics shows you how to identify your own eccentricities and cultivate them so that you, too, can lead a happier - if perhaps slightly more odd - existence. After all, most eccentrics don't wear fright wigs and magenta tights (though they don't hesitate to do so if they feel the urge); many of them carry their weirdness within, and some have had profound cultural influences - consider Ben Franklin, who was a nudist (he called it "air-bathing"); Alexander Graham Bell, who tried to teach his dog to talk; and James Joyce, who always carried in his waistcoat a pair of ladies' bloomers, which he would wave at parties to show his approval.

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A neuropsychologist works hard to build an authoritative definition of eccentricity. American-born Weeks, who practices at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, began his study by posting index cards around ... Read full review

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Neuropsychologist Weeks and writer James (The Music of the Spheres, LJ 4/1/93) are not normal researchers: They have managed to infuse humor and entertainment into the traditionally barren landscape ... Read full review


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The Study
Four Hundred Years of Eccentrics

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Dr. David Weeks is the head of
Old Age Psychology at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he has practiced for the past twenty-three years. Qualified as a clinical neuropsychologist, he is also a psychothera-pist and honorary fellow of the University of Edinburgh. His Super-young Project has attracted wide notice and received much recognition throughout the world. He was born and raised in New Jersey, and as a Navy submariner helped to navigate under the North Polar ice cap. He also now works as a syndicated freelance columnist and a filmmaker, and is a regular broadcaster on the BBC. He is the co-author, with Jamie James, of Eccentrics.
Jamie James was born in Houston, Texas. He writes about science and the arts for many leading publications, including The New Yorker, Outside, and Condé Nast Traveler. In addition to his collaborations with Dr. David Weeks, he is also the author of Pop Art and The Music of the Spheres: Music, Science and the Natural Order of the Universe.

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