Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Nasal Synesthesia

I think it is an optimistic message
that we harbor so much
multi-sensory perception

The fetus makes 2 million synapses a second
Synesthesia rhymes with anesthesia
Anesthesia = no sensation
Synesthesia = joined sensation

We don't understand how
metaphor works in the brain
.... So that synesthetic associations our ancestors made long ago
have grown into the more abstract kinds of language that we understand today
and that's why metaphors make sense.

.... metaphor is the reverse of what most people commonly assume. It doesn’t depend on a capacity for abstract verbal abstraction, but rather on a physical interaction with a concrete, sensual world.

- a few soundbites fromRichard E. Cytowic, M.D. click here 
breaking down the vocabulary of synesthesia
Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.

part 1

part 2

part 3

Cytowic has authored Wednesday is Indigo Blue 
The Man Who Tasted Shapes 
Synesthesia: A Union of the Senses, and more.

Earlier Related Posts Here:
Olfactory Synesthetes: Do You Smell in Color? click here 18 June 2009
Sniff 'n' Poof click here  2 Oct 2009

Illustration: Plum Lura Astor