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2013-03-23 05:50:56 PM

Shostie: One of our editors at work is a synesthete. She's a particularly good editor because typos make the words the wrong color to her.


Mine's pretty low-level--I don't outright hallucinate the colors--so sometimes I miss a typo and just stop writing and stare blankly at the screen until my brain tells me what's wrong.

/Side note: The University of Granada found a potential link between psychic empathy--i.e. 'mind reading--and mirror-neuron synthesia, and I'd bet more than a few other psychic abilities are just cultural expressions of synthesia (for example, aura reading can be migraine-based, but is probably more commonly synthesia based on the brain associating  people with colors).
//So yeah, synthesia's actually a fun neurological fark-up to have. You can actually do shiat with it.
 
2013-03-23 05:51:30 PM
"I have a special connection with colors," says Laura, a student at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale. "It's my special superpower."

That sounds better than, 'disease', I suppose.
 
2013-03-23 05:53:09 PM
I wonder how subliminal messages affect her? Does she notice it more, because she gets flashes of color?
 
2013-03-23 05:55:16 PM

Ryker's Peninsula: And you thought everyone saw like you did until 7th grade?  Do you no have parents, siblings, or friends?  It seems like that conversation may have come up one time.


You'd be surprised. I didn't tell anyone until I was 14 that I couldn't smell, and even then my parents didn't believe me. I'm not sure they do even today.
 
2013-03-23 05:56:39 PM

Ryker's Peninsula: Superpower?
You're a retarded version of Dazzler.
And you thought everyone saw like you did until 7th grade?  Do you no have parents, siblings, or friends?  It seems like that conversation may have come up one time.


Wow.

That's just a really bad take. Even worse than the subby's caption and choice of tag (should have been "COOL" and not "FLORIDA")

FTFA, she's an 11th grader who is doing research on synesthesia with Harvard University.

Are you so pissed off about life and the world that you have to take out your anger on some 16 year old in a news article?

i.qkme.me
 
2013-03-23 05:57:13 PM
Oh man, I have never encountered or read about anybody else who has the tickertape thing.  I feel so much better and less like a freak right now.

I don't get colors on letters, though, I just see spoken words with different fonts (for lack of a better word).  So a particular person gets their own general font, and then words will adjust depending on tone or meaning (the more angry a person is, the more jagged the words appear, for instance).  Also, certain words have very specific fonts because of logo association.  I can't think of Coca-Cola without seeing it as the fancified logo, and it always feels muzzy when I see it on a screen in a normal type font, like it isn't quite the same thing.

/I'm a freak, anyway, I know it, shut up
//Also have synesthesia in a few other ways
///Runs in the family like whoa
 
2013-03-23 06:01:17 PM

Fell In Love With a Chair: I have a few forms of synesthesia, and people find it endlessly fascinating. Numbers have colours for me, making it very difficult to math, because some colours look awful together. 7+8 is difficult because it's red and purple, and makes 15 which is white and yellow, and it drives me crazy.

Days of the week have colours for me, Monday is blue, Tuesday is red, etc.

The best one is the ambient noise synesthesia though. Music doesn't do anything for me, but ambient sounds have colours and shapes. The sound of a lawnmower makes an extremely fast moving green pinwheel. Brown noise on oscillate makes a sort of expanding and contracting shiftless grey shape.

It was weird to find out not everyone has colours for numbers, or sees static when they hear a fan!


I never knew it was a thing until a few years ago.  Mondays were always black, wednesdays were orange.  Even when reading those words the color came up.  I also have an interesting (to me, anyway) variety where if I close my eyes and listen to music various faces are there.  Opera and opera-ish music is actually the best for this.  I wonder if it exists more commonly among opera enthusiasts and performers?

I'm guessing that somehow audio is cross wired with the part of the brain that processes facial recognition.
 
2013-03-23 06:03:16 PM
I'm looking for a woman who can get me a sandwich. You know, someone with supperpowers.

/Have to get my own sandwiches.
//*cry*
 
2013-03-23 06:05:14 PM

Apos: encyclopediaplushuman: Somebody stole the plotline of Alphas....


[www.thetvaddict.com image 385x514]

agrees.
/Damn I miss that show.


I'm really angry it was cancelled. It was the best handling of an X-Men type story I've seen.
 
2013-03-23 06:05:36 PM

Snarfangel: I'm looking for a woman who can get me a sandwich. You know, someone with supperpowers.

/Have to get my own sandwiches.
//*cry*


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2013-03-23 06:08:15 PM
Criminal Minds did an episode on this   If the Words are red you are lying  and must DIE!
 
2013-03-23 06:11:19 PM
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2013-03-23 06:13:25 PM

downstairs: Synesthesia is facinating to me.  I sort of have a very low-grade version of it.  Digits have colors in my mind.  Not words though.


I refuse to believe that it is a thing, since I can't imagine anyone NOT always having the experiences synaesthetics describe. Unless, absaically, synaesthesia is the absence of smells linked to sounds, so people ONLY get colours, and so on and suchlike.
 
2013-03-23 06:13:25 PM
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Groovy :)
 
2013-03-23 06:16:04 PM
I have that, too.  It'd be a great program, if there were better midi files available for the songs I'm trying to learn...
 
2013-03-23 06:17:19 PM

Bennie Crabtree: downstairs: Synesthesia is facinating to me.  I sort of have a very low-grade version of it.  Digits have colors in my mind.  Not words though.

I refuse to believe that it is a thing, since I can't imagine anyone NOT always having the experiences synaesthetics describe. Unless, absaically, synaesthesia is the absence of smells linked to sounds, so people ONLY get colours, and so on and suchlike.


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2013-03-23 06:19:27 PM
Synesthesia was a plot-sticker in The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester.
 
2013-03-23 06:20:23 PM

steelydanfan: Ryker's Peninsula: Superpower?
You're a retarded version of Dazzler.
And you thought everyone saw like you did until 7th grade?  Do you no have parents, siblings, or friends?  It seems like that conversation may have come up one time.

Wow.

That's just a really bad take. Even worse than the subby's caption and choice of tag (should have been "COOL" and not "FLORIDA")

FTFA, she's an 11th grader who is doing research on synesthesia with Harvard University.

Are you so pissed off about life and the world that you have to take out your anger on some 16 year old in a news article?

[i.qkme.me image 256x192]


You might want to check your Snark Detector.  I think it needs recalibrating.
And really, bro... Steely Dan?  Did you confuse paint chips and potato chips as a child?
 
2013-03-23 06:20:45 PM

Bennie Crabtree: downstairs: Synesthesia is facinating to me.  I sort of have a very low-grade version of it.  Digits have colors in my mind.  Not words though.

I refuse to believe that it is a thing, since I can't imagine anyone NOT always having the experiences synaesthetics describe. Unless, absaically, synaesthesia is the absence of smells linked to sounds, so people ONLY get colours, and so on and suchlike.


I must have synesthesia...I could totally smell bullshiat when reading that.
 
2013-03-23 06:28:11 PM

olddeegee: Apos: encyclopediaplushuman: Somebody stole the plotline of Alphas....


[www.thetvaddict.com image 385x514]

agrees.
/Damn I miss that show.

I'm really angry it was cancelled. It was the best handling of an X-Men type story I've seen.


Quite true. The incredibly lame Lost Girl should have been given the axe instead.
 
2013-03-23 06:30:06 PM

BarkingUnicorn: Cool kid.

I wonder what she sees and hears when "penis" is read.


Well for yours I guess it would be "It's a small world after all"
 
2013-03-23 06:32:00 PM
Mine is mostly sound-taste, with some mild sensation tossed in, though it seems to work particularly well with the human voice; men tend to have a wooden or metallic flavor, and women are on the citrus spectrum for the most part.

It does work kind of well while doing physics; if I don't get too distracted, I can feel when the equations are headed in the right way and don't do silly things like misplace my signs. Mostly, heh.
 
2013-03-23 06:32:06 PM
Synesthesia  - Isn't that a type of marijuana without seeds or something?
 
2013-03-23 06:36:23 PM

Lionel Mandrake: Bennie Crabtree: downstairs: Synesthesia is facinating to me.  I sort of have a very low-grade version of it.  Digits have colors in my mind.  Not words though.

I refuse to believe that it is a thing, since I can't imagine anyone NOT always having the experiences synaesthetics describe. Unless, absaically, synaesthesia is the absence of smells linked to sounds, so people ONLY get colours, and so on and suchlike.

I must have synesthesia...I could totally smell bullshiat when reading that.


i saw a troll typing while reading Mr Crabtree's post.

/must have a special form of synesthesia
//farkesthesia?
 
2013-03-23 06:36:51 PM
Dain Bramage.
 
2013-03-23 06:37:35 PM

Day_Old_Dutchie: Synesthesia  - Isn't that a type of marijuana without seeds or something?


your thinking of G13
 
2013-03-23 06:39:54 PM

Day_Old_Dutchie: Synesthesia  - Isn't that a type of marijuana without seeds or something?


I think it's actually an artificial sweetener.
 
2013-03-23 06:40:26 PM

Apos: The incredibly lame Lost Girl should have been given the axe instead.


Ksenia Solo is the only thing keeping that show going.
 
2013-03-23 06:41:51 PM
Using the color-letter association data, Laura has come up with her own neurological theory: A fusion between two lobes in the brain causes synesthesia.

"This is all novel," said Gordinier


I doubt that...I'm just a SW engineer and a mis-connection between two parts of your brain seems like the only logical cause of this.  I can't be the only other person besides her to think that.  Be proud of her accomplishments there, miss teacher-person...but don't go nuts.
 
2013-03-23 06:41:54 PM

Ryker's Peninsula: steelydanfan: Ryker's Peninsula: Superpower?
You're a retarded version of Dazzler.
And you thought everyone saw like you did until 7th grade?  Do you no have parents, siblings, or friends?  It seems like that conversation may have come up one time.

Wow.

That's just a really bad take. Even worse than the subby's caption and choice of tag (should have been "COOL" and not "FLORIDA")

FTFA, she's an 11th grader who is doing research on synesthesia with Harvard University.

Are you so pissed off about life and the world that you have to take out your anger on some 16 year old in a news article?

[i.qkme.me image 256x192]

You might want to check your Snark Detector.  I think it needs recalibrating.
And really, bro... Steely Dan?  Did you confuse paint chips and potato chips as a child?


Oh, silly me. My snark detector was set for "funny", not "jackass"
 
2013-03-23 06:44:55 PM
I have a  very low version of synthesiea.
With my eyes closed trying to sleep, a noise is seen as thin
diagonal lines, grey on black.

I always thought it was leakage of audio data into the vision center of the brain.
Am I seeing sound waves?

PS:
Ghostbuster reference.
Futurama reference.
Thanks respective Farkers.
 
2013-03-23 06:46:08 PM
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2013-03-23 06:46:29 PM
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Dunno if Top Ten has been referenced yet.
/Lukewarm/
 
2013-03-23 06:46:32 PM

J. Frank Parnell: Apos: The incredibly lame Lost Girl should have been given the axe instead.

Ksenia Solo is the only thing keeping that show going.



I stopped watching three episodes into Season 2, but I'll take your word for it.
 
2013-03-23 06:47:17 PM

Metalupis: downstairs: Synesthesia is facinating to me.  I sort of have a very low-grade version of it.  Digits have colors in my mind.  Not words though.

My mother is the same way, although she attributes it to doing lots of color/paint by numbers things as a kid


I used to hear numbers. There's a reason I like US measurements.
 
2013-03-23 06:47:27 PM

J. Frank Parnell: Apos: The incredibly lame Lost Girl should have been given the axe instead.

Ksenia Solo is the only thing keeping that show going.


Lost Girl isn't an original production, it's a Canadian import. All Siffy has to pay for is syndication rights. And Ksenia was ALMOST enough to keep me watching (dear God those eyes!). Almost.
 
2013-03-23 06:50:01 PM
jayessell:
Am I seeing sound waves?

according to facebook that only happens when you make coffee with redbull instead of water.
 
2013-03-23 06:51:21 PM
Synesthesia? Meh - here's someone with a real superpower.
 
2013-03-23 06:51:35 PM
For me, different foods have different tastes and when it's dark I can hardly see.
sometimes when I smell bacon it triggers a growling noise.
 
2013-03-23 06:59:35 PM
My superpower of prediction tells me that one day she will be able to tell us the color of a blowjob.
 
2013-03-23 07:00:05 PM

puckrock2000: Synesthesia? Meh - here's someone with a real superpower.



Heh, heh.  My husband is a supertaster/supersmeller; too bad we can't have kids, because they might end up actual superheroes.


/or curled up in a corner due to total environmental overload
//either way, FOR SCIENCE!
 
2013-03-23 07:00:28 PM
Its like having all the fun of schizophrenia with out having to be full blown schizophrenic.
 
2013-03-23 07:00:48 PM
She should call up all her past sexual partners and notify them that they should be tested.
 
2013-03-23 07:01:10 PM
The worst part about the number 7 is how it shifts from grey to lavender. At least the other numbers stay the same.
 
2013-03-23 07:01:24 PM

Shostie: One of our editors at work is a synesthete. She's a particularly good editor because typos make the words the wrong color to her.


Or she is just using Microsoft Word.
 
2013-03-23 07:11:03 PM

VTGremlin: Ryker's Peninsula: And you thought everyone saw like you did until 7th grade?  Do you no have parents, siblings, or friends?  It seems like that conversation may have come up one time.

You'd be surprised. I didn't tell anyone until I was 14 that I couldn't smell, and even then my parents didn't believe me. I'm not sure they do even today.


It's not that they didn't believe you. There were being honest.

"Oh, you smell, alright. Trust us. You smell"

/ kidding
 
2013-03-23 07:16:58 PM

VTGremlin: Ryker's Peninsula: And you thought everyone saw like you did until 7th grade?  Do you no have parents, siblings, or friends?  It seems like that conversation may have come up one time.

You'd be surprised. I didn't tell anyone until I was 14 that I couldn't smell, and even then my parents didn't believe me. I'm not sure they do even today.


You didn't play with machetes when you were a kid did you?
 
GCD
2013-03-23 07:19:04 PM

jayessell: I have a  very low version of synthesiea.
With my eyes closed trying to sleep, a noise is seen as thin
diagonal lines, grey on black.


If that qualifies as a "low version of synthesiea", then I'll be damned if I don't have it too, although mine involves color and various shapes.

I've had diagonal lines, I've seen circles, I've had what looks like a snowy TV, lightening bolts, fireworks, basically it runs the gauntlet.

It's more frequent when I am sleepy, but it has happened when I've closed my eyes while I've been wide-awake.

My parents never believed me at all and chalked it up to being an over-active imagination. I've always thought it's been really cool, except for times when it's extremely active and every noise I hear creates a visual.
 
2013-03-23 07:22:52 PM
Dude! I have it too! They said the words on that page were just black--but I saw red, blue, white and black words! Holy sh*t I'm a rocket surgeon! Fark you Hawking, I'm'a get me all the black hole I want now! I'm headed uptown, baby!
 
2013-03-23 07:23:03 PM
The snozzberries taste like snozzberries

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