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2012-02-15 11:55:19 PM
There is a certain TFette from Alabama who has this - she described it in a thread years ago. I cannot even begin to imagine.
 
2012-02-16 12:11:07 AM
Was she an aspiring astronaut?
 
2012-02-16 01:01:52 AM

darkhorse23: There is a certain TFette from Alabama who has this - she described it in a thread years ago. I cannot even begin to imagine.


Prolly like this. (new window)
 
2012-02-16 05:13:32 AM
fta: I also started dreaming in colour.

The continued use of a machine that converts colors into music allows someone with achromatopsia to not only hear color but to actually see colors in dreams?

Actually, that's pretty freakin' cool.

I remember reading a book by Oliver Sacks a while back called "An Anthropologist on Mars" in which an accomplished painter has a stroke which leads to cerebral achromatopsia which caused a total loss of ability to perceive color and, obviously, a massive re-adjustment to his life. Kinda reminds me of this story, only in reverse.
 
2012-02-16 06:47:29 AM

quatchi: The continued use of a machine that converts colors into music allows someone with achromatopsia to not only hear color but to actually see colors in dreams?


How would he know it's the right color?

His purple might be our teal or orange. That would make his mental image of egg plants pretty damn weird.

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2012-02-16 07:04:25 AM
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2012-02-16 07:14:57 AM

doglover: How would he know it's the right color?

His purple might be our teal or orange. That would make his mental image of egg plants pretty damn weird.

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Even with full color spectrum vision egg plants are pretty weird. Seriously, could never wrap my my head around those things. They look grotesque. Possibly cos I can't stand the taste of them. That noted, your point about the "right color" is valid. Does rather posit the question about how a totally color blind person can dream in the "wrong" colors though. Reality is sometimes just a consensual event. What does true blue look like and how many see it the exact same way? How could you even begin to test any of this?
 
2012-02-16 07:25:59 AM
My favorite part of TFA: Last year I was attacked by three policemen at a demonstration who thought I was filming them. I told them I was listening to colours, but they thought I was mocking them and tried to pull the camera off my head.

Nice police work there, Lou...
 
2012-02-16 07:36:28 AM

quatchi: How could you even begin to test any of this?


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2012-02-16 07:39:20 AM
It is called an acid trip
 
2012-02-16 07:55:30 AM
A friend of mine has this and she didn't realize it was different until we were all playing Yahtzee and she started describing the dice rolls by color and everyone looked at her funny.
 
2012-02-16 08:05:49 AM
I love when synesthesia is a symptom on House. Needs to happen more!
 
2012-02-16 08:29:12 AM
FTFA: But my favourite colour is aubergine. It looks black but it is actually violet or purple, and it sounds very high-pitched.

What an aubergine canadian looks like.

www.blogcdn.com

You know she comes in colours everywhere.

/No, I don't know what I'm going on about.
 
2012-02-16 08:31:03 AM

neversubmit: FTFA: But my favourite colour is aubergine. It looks black but it is actually violet or purple, and it sounds very high-pitched.

What an aubergine canadian looks like.

[www.blogcdn.com image 584x445]

You know she comes in colours everywhere.

/No, I don't know what I'm going on about.


Reminds me of the time I was initiated into the Silly Buggers Society at Cambridge. I misheard the rules and tried to push a whole aubergine up my earhole.
 
2012-02-16 08:55:38 AM

PizzaJedi81: I love when synesthesia is a symptom on House. Needs to happen more!



How did they manage to spin it into a whole episode?

Granted, different people experience things differently but I have a form of synaesthesia and it has absolutely no effect on my life beyond giving me an excuse for csb stories. It's hard to imagine it being life-threatening.
 
2012-02-16 08:57:30 AM

phaseolus: How did they manage to spin it into a whole episode?


It's usually transient, and gone either before a commercial or immediately after, unfortunately.
 
2012-02-16 09:13:42 AM
www.cooperativeindividualism.org
 
2012-02-16 10:01:45 AM
I wonder if, over time he will come to see colour too. I know for me, anything pink or blue or purple just kind of exists as blue-ish until I know what colour it is supposed to be. Same with red and green for that matter.
CSB time.

When I was in high school everyone thought I was gay, I'm not but I was puzzled as to why people would think that, it turned out I had this favourite light and dark blue shirt that said "Real dawgs wear purple" (which should've tipped me off) turns out it wasn't blue and light blue, it was bright, flaming pink and purple.

If you want to see things how I do, check out Vischeck (pop) , upload an image and choose protanope.
I am told the colour wheel looks really screwy.
 
2012-02-16 10:13:45 AM
She dreams in colors, she dreams in red
 
2012-02-16 10:47:10 AM
This is SO. FREAKING. COOL!

Stories like this give me a little more encouragement that the collaboration of humanity, science, and technology isn't pushing us toward an apocalypse but could be used for, oh I don't know, the benefit of people and the world in general.

Then I read the Politics tab and that thought goes away.
 
2012-02-16 10:48:48 AM
But my favourite colour is aubergine

I've been alive 45 years and I have never heard of the word "aubergine", much less the color. I had to Google it. It's purple.

Reminded me of this...
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2012-02-16 11:28:26 AM

PizzaJedi81: neversubmit: FTFA: But my favourite colour is aubergine. It looks black but it is actually violet or purple, and it sounds very high-pitched.

What an aubergine canadian looks like.

[www.blogcdn.com image 584x445]

You know she comes in colours everywhere.

/No, I don't know what I'm going on about.

Reminds me of the time I was initiated into the Silly Buggers Society at Cambridge. I misheard the rules and tried to push a whole aubergine up my earhole.


Rough, is what that is, it even sounds like Corporal Punishment.
 
2012-02-16 01:45:09 PM

doglover: How would he know it's the right color?

His purple might be our teal or orange. That would make his mental image of egg plants pretty damn weird.


How do I know that YOUR purple isn't MY teal or orange?

As long as the colors relate to each other properly, and the colors are consistent in various contexts, then it shouldn't matter.
 
2012-02-16 03:50:27 PM
For me, sounds have a color and a shape. I was probably in middle school before I realized that wasn't the way everyone perceived it. I assume I'm hearing the same audio everyone else is, but I get the extra all the time as well. The only way it affected me differently was in a music interpretation class in college--I could easily isolate individual instruments by "sight" as well as by sound.


/csb
//my first laser show was a mind-blower. It was the closest I could come to explaining what it's like
 
2012-02-16 05:12:47 PM
I have a form of synesthesia but it's a little different from the guy in the article. I see colors when I taste food. My spice rack is arranged by the colors I "see" when I taste them.
 
2012-02-16 07:20:20 PM
I think of things in terms of color. The days of the week all have a color, so do numbers and letters. Its mostly ideas, smells and tastes that translate into color for me. Occasionally music does too and that's awesome.

I had no idea it was weird until a friend asked me what the hell I was talking about.
 
2012-02-16 08:10:19 PM
We're going on a pleasure ride
To see the sound of the other side
The purple colors spin around
The silence makes a deep red sound
The golden bells, they resound
 
2012-02-16 08:40:14 PM

quatchi: How could you even begin to test any of this?


Colors rest on a spectrum of light. While perception of those colors may be a little subjective, those colors possess a particular value.

doglover: How would he know it's the right color?


Would be interesting to know whether or not his brain basically creates those sounds while dreaming, since he is able to detect them. He says, "I also started dreaming in colour." This does not mean he had color images as the majority of us assume, simply he has some sense of color within his dreams. Or he is able to imagine the sound when recalling the dream.
 
2012-02-16 08:52:45 PM
Listen! Do you smell something?
 
2012-02-16 09:20:46 PM
My mother has associates certains numbers with certain colors, she claims it is from doing lots of color by number pictures as a kid, personally I have no synesteshia that I am aware of
 
2012-02-16 09:33:55 PM

Metalupis: My mother has associates certains numbers with certain colors, she claims it is from doing lots of color by number pictures as a kid, personally I have no synesteshia that I am aware of


Metalupis: My mother has associates certains numbers with certain colors, she claims it is from doing lots of color by number pictures as a kid, personally I have no synesteshia that I am aware of


I do the same thing and I don't know exactly why. 1 is blue, 2 is green, 4 is purple, 5 is red and 6 is orange. I don't have 3 as a color. I have no idea why this is. But 6 as orange is the strongest. It's always orange.
 
2012-02-16 10:12:42 PM
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Rot Lop Fan is not amused
 
2012-02-17 01:09:35 AM
My girlfriend has the supremely weird lexical-gustatory synesthesia. If you don't know, this means she associates words with tastes. Most commonly, the tastes are from childhood, because the associations are created early. For example, she had a habit of chewing on newspaper when she was like 2 or something, and now, she tastes newspaper when she thinks about the word 'news'

Weird, but interesting
 
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