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Category:Educational, Science & Technology
Tags:brain, Brain Disorder Week, perception
Submitted:Albuquerque Halsey
Date:12/07/07
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TinManic
that's the neurological condition for me!!!
takewithfood
My mother, a math teacher, has synesthesia associating the numbers 1 through 9 with colours. She never realized how weird it was until synesthesia came up in a conversation when she was already well into her 50s. She quietly assumed that everyone pictured the number 4 as yellow, for example. I've tried to get her to look at pictures of other people's number-colours, but she says it makes her uncomfortable.

I have what they call "calendar lines", meaning (in my case, anyway) that I can only think of time in three dimensions. A whole year is like a big loop of blue ribbon floating out in front of me, with summer closest to me, winter far away from me, spring to the right and fall to the left. New year's day is exactly the furthest point away from me. When I picture multiple years in succession, the ribbon becomes a spiral with the present on top and the future spiraling downwards to infinity if necessary. When I think about the past, the ribbon does not go up; the present actually moves downwards. If it didn't, I wouldn't be able to see down into the ribbon, and what would be the point of that?

If I want to plan my day or mentally organize my schedule days, weeks or months in advance, I literally have to travel to where that point in time is "located" in my mind. If the time is very specific, such as 8:45 pm, I have to sort of "zoom in" to have a look at what is going on at that point. When I think about the amount of time between two dates, such as the first day of classes until my birthday, I think of it in terms of distance from one point to another on the time-ribbon. I'm very picky about punctuality and I'm eerily good at keeping track of elapsed time, but I don't know if these things are related or not.
cognitivedissonance
As a child, I gave numbers "personalities", and they thought I was a synesthete for awhile. Turns out I was just really bored and they shipped me off to a Montessori, where I was allowed to become a completely useless hippy-dippy Seattlite.

I think they did that to the whole city.

takewithfood
I should try that.

Billy Buttsex
Kermit the Tripper
FangoftheCobras
I tasted a deep electric blue once when I ate a Certs. It was totally awesome.
Pie Boy
-1 because all the music is made out of default GarageBand loops and it hurts me in the soul.
fluffy
I'm usually very sensitive to that but I didn't recognize most of these loops.

Meanwhile, the whole VR thing seems like a ridiculous way to go about diagnosing this.

The chicken dish actually seems possibly tempting - seems like it'd just be orange chicken with a cream sauce and hints of vanilla.

Mister Yuck
The good doctor sure as hell better be working on a way to make that possible for the rest of us.

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