Next week on Wednesday (June 3rd) the University of Sydney is hosting a free lecture on synesthesia – the peculiar concept of cross-sensory stimulation.
Imagine a world of magenta Tuesdays, tastes of blue, and wavy green symphonies. At least one in a hundred otherwise normal people experience the world this way in a condition called synesthesia. In synesthesia, stimulation of one sense triggers an experience in a different sense. For example, a voice or music are not only heard but may also be seen.
Synesthesia is a fusion of different sensory perceptions: the feel of sandpaper might evoke a sensation of forest green, a symphony might be experienced in blues and golds, or the concept of February might trigger the perception of orange.
Hearing Colours, Tasting Sounds: The Kaleidoscope of Synethesia with Dr David Eagleman (Baylor) starts at 6:00pm at the New Law School, Lecture Theatre 101.
I’m a little skeptical of synesthesia. While I accept that the concept makes sense, and don’t doubt it occurs to some people – there is just an aura of pretention that surrounds some of the work surrounding it – almost similar to some groups Aspie culture and Autism. Where people with synesthesia try to class themselves as some sort of super-human taking the first bold steps into the echelons of human evolution.
Still I hope I can bunk off work early enough to catch this lecture – and then make my way to a pub playing the State of Origin.