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Synesthesia

I have this. I have always had it. I thought it was normal, I thought this was usual perception until it was defined as a 'thing' on True Detective. Now I know.

It's brilliant...as is True Detective at the moment. There was one close up of MM last night that made me sit up; not his horsey/afghan hound style handsome-ness, which is whatever, but a point at which he was all shadow and age and sinew, ugly-beautiful, and not designed to appeal. Interesting.

My brain has a few problems. But it also has some excellencies. I like it.

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mitchy
Apr. 7th, 2014 09:36 pm (UTC)
There was a fascinating documentary on synesthesia on TV a while back. Scientists refused to believe it was a thing until they found a way to measure it, but people have been talking about their experiences with it for years. What form does it take for you? Colours? Numbers? Tastes?
smokingboot
Apr. 7th, 2014 11:41 pm (UTC)
I don't know to be honest, I am a bit confused, because I honestly thought that this is what we all did/do.

Words have texture always, colours, sometimes. Colours have textures and often sounds. Visuals have texture...

To be honest, I may have to rethink this because I do not know if what is actually going on is a very deep level of subconscious evocation that takes on physical characteristics, kind of feeling a metaphor for real. The reason I think that this is a possibility is because the impressions I get are not always consistent, and that's a thing; mine can and do change, not all of them but some. 5 is often yellow, I can't imagine it being green or white. But five is white, sometimes with a little green or blue. Five is yellow again. I think. I might be over thinking it. / is biro blue for me, generally always. Times inhabit a physical space, but I am bad at defining measurement, so would need someone to help me. Certainly next week is ahead of me on my right, like a place I can take a bus to.

It makes me dizzy to actually try and analyse this. It strikes me that to some extent we must all have it. Why else would we call a certain kind of music, 'The blues?'
mitchy
Apr. 8th, 2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
I don't have anything like it at all. I think yours is an unusual perception. As for why we call some music "the blues", I think the concept of "feeling blue", i.e. sad goes back to the days when colours were associated with the humours in the body.

It's a fascinating subject, I'm sure there are books out there if you want to read up on it :)
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