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The Man Who Tasted Shapes : Bradford Books - Richard E. Cytowic

The Man Who Tasted Shapes

Bradford Books

By: Richard E. Cytowic, Jonathan Cole (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 1st September 2003
ISBN: 9780262532556
Number Of Pages: 296
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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, he argues, exists in everyone but is often just below the surface of awareness (which is why finding meaning in our lives can be elusive). In this medical detective adventure, Cytowic shows how synesthesia, far from being a mere curiosity, illuminates a wide swath of mental life and leads to a new view of what is means to be human--a view that turns upside down conventional ideas about reason, emotional knowledge, and self-understanding.This 2003 edition features a new afterword.

Industry Reviews

...written on a personal level that allows the reader to explore the psychic phenomenon of synesthesia with the author.

-Anthony L. Vaccarino, Contemporary Psychology
Cytowic brings all the imagination of a novelist to bear on his exploration of synesthesia.

-Glyn Maxwell, Vogue (European edition) * Reviews *
With broad sweeps, [Cytowic] outlines a new landscape... read this book.

-Jennifer Altman, NewScientist * Reviews *
...written on a personal level that allows the reader to explore the psychic phenomenon of synesthesia with the author.

-Anthony L. Vaccarino, Contemporary Psychology * Reviews *

Foreword to the MIT Press Editionp. ix
List of Illustrations and Tablesp. xviii
Acknowledgementsp. xix
A Medical History Tale
February 10, 1980: Not Enough Points on the Chickenp. 3
The World Turned Inside Outp. 6
1957-- Down in the Basement: The Making of a Neurologistp. 9
How the Brain Works: The Standard Viewp. 18
Winters 1977 and 1978: "There Is Nothing Wrong With Your Eyes."p. 26
Direct Experience, Technology, and Inner Knowledgep. 36
March 25, 1980: Blinding Red Jaggersp. 46
Down in the Basement: The History of Synesthesiap. 51
April 10, 1980: Where Is the Link?p. 80
Painting the Ceilingp. 89
Summer 1980: Bringing Things to a Closep. 99
September 1983: "Bizarre Medical Oddity Affects Millions!"p. 111
From Constants and Explaining Ineffable Experiencesp. 118
Altered States of Conciousnessp. 127
May 21, 1981: Taking Drugsp. 138
June 29, 1981: Bride of Frankenstein, Revisitedp. 144
How the Brain Works: The New Viewp. 153
The Implications of Synesthesiap. 163
October 5, 1982: The Reverend and Martinisp. 172
Essays on the Primacy of Emotion
The Anthropic Principlep. 186
Free Lunch and Imaginationp. 189
Conciousness Is a Type of Emotionp. 194
The Limits of Artificial Intelligencep. 197
Different Kinds of Knowledgep. 202
The Experience of Metaphorp. 206
Emotion Has a Logic of Its Ownp. 211
Other People's Experiencep. 216
The Depth at Which We Really Livep. 218
Reason Is the Endless Paperwork of the Mindp. 222
Science and Spiritualityp. 225
Afterwordp. 231
Notesp. 257
Suggested Readingp. 268
Indexp. 271
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ISBN: 9780262532556
ISBN-10: 0262532557
Series: Bradford Books
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st September 2003
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised