Man Who Tasted Shapes

ISBN-10: 0262532557
ISBN-13: 9780262532556
Edition: 2003
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Description: Richard Cytowic's dinner host apologized, "There aren't enough points on the chicken!" He felt flavor also as a physical shape in his hands, and the chicken had come out "too round." This offbeat comment in 1980 launched Cytowic's exploration into  More...

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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 8/11/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Richard Cytowic's dinner host apologized, "There aren't enough points on the chicken!" He felt flavor also as a physical shape in his hands, and the chicken had come out "too round." This offbeat comment in 1980 launched Cytowic's exploration into the oddity called synesthesia. He is one of the few world authorities on the subject. Sharing a root with anesthesia ("no sensation"), synesthesia means "joined sensation," whereby a voice, for example, is not only heard but also seen, felt, or tasted. The trait is involuntary, hereditary, and fairly common. It stayed a scientific mystery for two centuries until Cytowic's original experiments led to a neurological explanation--and to a new concept of brain organization that accentuates emotion over reason. That chicken dinner two decades ago led Cytowic to explore a deeper reality that exists in everyone, he argues, but often just below the surface of awareness, which is why finding meaning in our lives can be elusive. --a view that turns upside down conventional ideas about reason, emotional knowledge, and self-understanding. This 2003 edition features a new afterword.

Foreword to the MIT Press Edition
List of Illustrations and Tables
Acknowledgements
A Medical History Tale
February 10, 1980: Not Enough Points on the Chicken
The World Turned Inside Out
1957-- Down in the Basement: The Making of a Neurologist
How the Brain Works: The Standard View
Winters 1977 and 1978: "There Is Nothing Wrong With Your Eyes."
Direct Experience, Technology, and Inner Knowledge
March 25, 1980: Blinding Red Jaggers
Down in the Basement: The History of Synesthesia
April 10, 1980: Where Is the Link?
Painting the Ceiling
Summer 1980: Bringing Things to a Close
September 1983: "Bizarre Medical Oddity Affects Millions!"
From Constants and Explaining Ineffable Experiences
Altered States of Conciousness
May 21, 1981: Taking Drugs
June 29, 1981: Bride of Frankenstein, Revisited
How the Brain Works: The New View
The Implications of Synesthesia
October 5, 1982: The Reverend and Martinis
Essays on the Primacy of Emotion
The Anthropic Principle
Free Lunch and Imagination
Conciousness Is a Type of Emotion
The Limits of Artificial Intelligence
Different Kinds of Knowledge
The Experience of Metaphor
Emotion Has a Logic of Its Own
Other People's Experience
The Depth at Which We Really Live
Reason Is the Endless Paperwork of the Mind
Science and Spirituality
Afterword
Notes
Suggested Reading
Index

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