The Man Who Tasted Shapes

The Man Who Tasted Shapes

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by Richard E. Cytowic
     
 

In 1980, Richard Cytowic was having dinner at a friend's house, when his host exclaimed, "Oh, dear, there aren't enough points on the chicken." With that casual comment began Cytowic's journey into the condition known as synesthesia.The ten people in one million who are synesthetes are born into a world where one sensation (such as sound) conjures up one or more

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In 1980, Richard Cytowic was having dinner at a friend's house, when his host exclaimed, "Oh, dear, there aren't enough points on the chicken." With that casual comment began Cytowic's journey into the condition known as synesthesia.The ten people in one million who are synesthetes are born into a world where one sensation (such as sound) conjures up one or more others (such as taste or color).
Although scientists have known about synesthesia for two hundred years, until now the condition has remained a mystery. Extensive experiments with more than forty synesthetes led Richard Cytowic to an explanation of synesthesia--and to a new conception of the organization of the mind, one that emphasized the primacy of emotion over reason.Because there were not enough points on chicken served at a dinner almost two decades ago, Cytowic came to explore a deeper reality that he believes exists in all individuals, but usually below the surface of awareness. In this medical detective adventure, he reveals the brain to be an active explorer, not just a passive receiver, and offers a new view of what it means to be human--a view that turns upside down conventional ideas about reason, emotion, and who we are.*
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262532556
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
929,413
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword to the MIT Press Edition
List of Illustrations and Tables
Acknowledgements
Pt. 1A Medical Mystery Tale
1February 10, 1980: Not Enough Points on the Chicken3
2The World Turned Inside Out6
31957-Down in the Basement: The Making of a Neurologist9
4How the Brain Works: The Standard View18
5Winters 1977 and 1978: "There Is Nothing Wrong With Your Eyes"26
6Direct Experience, Technology, and Inner Knowledge36
7March 25, 1980: Blinding Red Jaggers46
8Down in the Basement: The History of Synesthesia51
9April 10, 1980: "Taste This!"64
10Diagnosing Synesthesia73
11April 25, 1980: Where Is the Link?80
12Painting the Ceiling89
13Summer 1980: Bringing Things to a Close99
14September 1983: "Bizarre Medical Oddity Affects Millions!"111
15Form Constants and Explaining Ineffable Experiences118
16Altered States of Consciousness127
17May 21, 1981: Taking Drugs138
18June 29, 1981: Bride of Frankenstein, Revisited144
19How the Brain Works: The New View153
20The Implications of Synesthesia163
21October 5, 1982: The Reverend and Martinis172
Pt. 2Essays on the Primacy of Emotion
1The Anthropic Principle186
2Free Lunch and Imagination189
3Consciousness Is a Type of Emotion194
4The Limits of Artificial Intelligence197
5Different Kinds of Knowledge202
6The Experience of Metaphor206
7Emotion Has a Logic of Its Own211
8Other People's Experience216
9The Depth at Which We Really Live218
10Reason Is the Endless Paperwork of the Mind222
11Science and Spirituality225
Afterword231
Notes257
Suggested Reading268
Index271

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