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Man Who Tasted Shapes Paperback – 29 Sep 2003

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  • 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: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,164,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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