The Man Who Tasted Shapes: A Bizarre Medical Mystery Offers Revolutionary Insights Into Emotions, Reasoning, and Consciousness
Imagine a world of salty visions, purple odors, square tastes, and green wavy symphonies. Although only 10 people in one million experience the world in this manner, neurologist Cytowic believes their condition (synesthesia) can offer inspiring insights into the human mind.
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