- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: Imprint Academic; Updated ed edition (29 Sept. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0907845436
- ISBN-13: 978-0907845430
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3 x 23 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,164,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Man Who Tasted Shapes Paperback – 29 Sep 2003
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"Read this book ― and the more objective you think you are, the more open-minded you will need to be to appreciate it."(New Scientist)
The ten people in one million who are synaesthetes are born into a world where one sensation (e.g. sound) conjures up one or more others (e.g. taste or colour). Although scientists have known about synaesthesia for two hundred years, until recently the condition has remained a mystery. Extensive experiments with more than forty synaesthetes led Richard Cytowic to an explanation of synaesthesia that emphasized the primacy of emotion over reason. In this medical detective adventure, he offers a new view of what it means to be human that turns upside down conventional ideas about reason, emotion, and who we are. This new edition contains a Foreword by Jonathan Cole and an Afterword from the author.
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It was great to reacquaint myself it.
Cytowic has quite a disarming style of writing that keeps you thirsting for more information - and he rarely disappoints.
As you read the free flowing prose you naturally find yourself asking more and more questions. Unusually for this type of study, the author manages to oblige you with the answers more often than not; then, infuriatingly, pose some others that you hadn't thought of in the first place!
More than just a good book about synaesthesia, this is simply just a good book.
I would recommend this title to anyone with or without an experience of the condition. It is informative and uniformly fascinating. You will care far more about Cytowic's 'characters' than you ever would about John Grisham's or Jilly Cooper's.
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