The Man who Tasted Shapes

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Imprint Academic, 2003 - Cognition - 274 pages
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The ten people in one million who are synaesthetes are born into a world where one sensation (e.g. sound) conjures up one or more others (e.g. taste or colour). Although scientists have known about synaesthesia for two hundred years, until recently the condition has remained a mystery. Extensive experiments with more than forty synaesthetes led Richard Cytowic to an explanation of synaesthesia that emphasized the primacy of emotion over reason. In this medical detective adventure he reveals the brain to be an active explorer and offers a new view of what it means to be human that turns upside down conventional ideas about reason, emotion, and who we are.

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User Review  - Happimoo - Goodreads

Brilliant book about the condition that is synesthesia, but you additionally end up learning a lot about how the mind works in general. The writing gets a bit more scientific than story sometimes but ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kenny - Goodreads

This particular book (not the subject matter) could have only been written by this author, his experience. Not exceptionally well-written, but so far, a good, interesting introduction to the ... Read full review

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Richard E. Cytowic, M.D., founded Capitol Neurology, a private clinic in Washington, D.C., and teaches at George Washington University Medical Center. He is the author of "Synesthesia: A Union of the Senses" and "The Man Who Tasted Shapes, " both published by the MIT Press.

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