The Man Who Tasted Shapes
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 ...more
There are times when I feel more alive - my senses are wide open and they blend together into an overwhelming experience. It's similar to ...more
Man = tastes like chipped beef gravy on toast
Who = tastes like turkey
Tasted = orange kool aid
Shapes = swiss cheese
It's somewhat dry, but gives you decent insight on a little thing I have called "synesthesia."
Or why a siren in the distance was painfully red and the locomotive down the line had such a soothing, velvety feel to it.
Anyway - good read for curious minds who want to know ...more
Years later, I was browsing the mighty internet when I came across the word synesthesia , and ...more
Cytowic alternates ...more
But...it was a really interesting book, an introduction to a condition that I didn't even know existed. I can't admit to ...more
A non-fiction that reads too much like a ...more
So, the first 2/3rds of this book focuses on synesthesia, an interesting phenomenon where a person's senses are intertwined. Each person is individual, so one person might taste shapes, as in the title of the book, whereas another may see colors in connection to sounds, or taste different colors. Which is interesting, but maybe not enough to carry a ...more
If you're at all interested in this condition by all means read this book. Just keep in mind a few things. While there are moments when Cytowic clearly want to be a ...more
case, this is a conscious conceptual choice. For people with synesthesia, it's inescapable
reality. A cross-connection in the five senses causes them to see or taste a song, feel the shape of a flavor, hear the sound of a table.
I'm fascinated by this multi-dimensional sense perception and wish I had it for real -
I thought this would be a good book to understand synethesia for other people. The amount of the book spent describing the synethethe's experience was miniscule in comparison to the incredibly technical information that is really only of interest to neurologists. Without a strong background in science I wouldn't have made it through this book at all. I'm very glad to know the biological underpinnings of my synethesia...but I would have preferred to read how other people ...more
Interesting book, but I didn't finish it (I got to page 60). I would have liked it better if it had focused more on people with synesthesia, and maybe the book did, but I just didn't get to that part.
This was a fairly interesting book about synesthesia - I had read the author's more recent work on the neurological difference called Wednesday is Indigo Blue and was fascinated, so this book soon made its way onto my "to-read" list, as I wanted to know more about Michael Watson and his ability to "taste shapes". I found the author's case studies to be interesting, and was intrigued by his methodical research and attempts to "get to the bottom of" synesthesia. Part 2 of the book gave me a lot to...more
* The Introduction
* The essays at the end, about the nature of consciousness, the emotion/rationality balance of the human mind, gnostic knowledge, direct experience, and how the medical field now puts too much faith in the output of machine-driven tests, and not enough in patients' direct experience
What didn't appeal to me as much:
* The weirdly rapid manner in which Cytowic gave a not-exactly-exhaustive overview of his career studying synesthesia
* The lack of ...more
So I was quite relieved to read Richard Cytowic's informative and enjoyable book about the condition. I say enjoyable based on reading every other chapter. Those were the ones with anecdotes, aimed at the regular reader. The other chapters were ...more
Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia (with David Eagleman) won the 2011 Montaigne Medal.
Cytowic also writes non-fiction and fiction, and received his MFA in ...more