The Man Who Tasted Shapes by Richard E. CytowicThe Man Who Tasted Shapes by Richard E. Cytowic

The Man Who Tasted Shapes

byRichard E. CytowicForeword byJonathan Cole

Paperback | August 11, 2003

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In this medical detective adventure, Cytowic shows how synesthesia, or "joined sensation," illuminates a wide swath of mental life and leads to a new view of what it means to be human.

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.* Not for sale in the United Kingdom and Eire

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.
Title:The Man Who Tasted ShapesFormat:PaperbackPublished:August 11, 2003Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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Editorial Reviews

"Phenomena that are robust and repeatable but don't fit the 'big picture' of accepted Science are often regarded as anomalies and unfairly ignored by the establishment. Synesthesia—the mingling of senses—is one such topic. In this reprint of his classic work, Dr. Cytowic has once again revived interest in this fascinating topic." V.S. Ramachandran, Director, Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California, San Diego "Space constraints prevent me from giving more than a mere flavour ofthe richness of Cytowic's thinking. With broad sweeps, he outlines anew landscape.... Read this book—and the more objective you thinkyou are, the more open-minded you will need to be to appreciate it." The New Scientist