The Man Who Tasted Shapes
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Man Who Tasted Shapes by Richard E. Cytowic
Book DescriptionIn 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.* Not for sale in the United Kingdom and Eire
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780262532556
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Bradford Books
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Richard E. Cytowic
Wednesday is Indigo Blue, Paperback (December 2011)
How the extraordinary multisensory phenomenon of synesthesia has changed our traditional view of the brain.
Neurological Side of Neuropsychology, Hardback (March 1996)» View all books by Richard E. Cytowic
This text provides an introduction to contemporary neurological theories, carefully contrasting the conventional hierarchical model of brain organization to the more recent multiplex model that scientists from biological backgrounds currently use.
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Author Biography - Richard E. Cytowic
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. Jonathan Cole, D.M., F.R.C.P., is Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology, Poole Hospital, and at Salisbury Hospital (with its Spinal Centre), a Professor at Bournemouth University and a visiting Senior Lecturer, Southampton University.
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