Monday, December 08, 2008

I Love How My Brain Works

Just popping in to post this interesting article (found in Vandermeer's blog, courtesy of Felix Gilman). It's an article from Cognitive Daily on taste synesthesia:

The most common forms of synesthesia involve associations of words, letters, or numbers with colors. Some estimates say that as many as 1 in 200 people may have word-color synesthesia.

By contrast, there have only been five documented cases in the past century of "word-gustatory synesthesia," where hearing or seeing a word evokes an involuntary taste association.
Logovore anyone? (Now if we could only live on the words themselves...)

7 comments:

sharmaine said...

Weird. Talk about stranger than fiction. Although, not really. Yours is still stranger :)

Charles said...

In order for people to get the in-joke, they need to read your so-far unpublished story...

Ryan said...

it has been published. in fact it is brilliant! good work joey. i'm proud of you. i like the original version much better though. anyway, what's your follow-up?

Charles said...

Ryan: "to be published" is not the same as "published".

banzai cat said...

sharmaine: well, I do emit occasional squee whenever I find real-world confirmation. ;-)

charles: huh? what in-joke?

ryan: thanks man. wrt to the question of publication, one could say it's good as published though the actual material hasn't come out. as for original version, hey, that is the original version plus expansion.

Charles said...

Joey: Those who haven't read Logovore won't get the allusion.

banzai cat said...

Then the proper term is allusion. :-)