Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Medicine: Acid trip--all day, every day

Neurologists have some cool stories to tell (even if they ARE being replaced by MRIs and drunken Canadian monkeys named Babinski):

Imagine every time you hear the telephone ring, you taste a burrito with jalapeƱo and guacamole. Believe it or not, some people -- synesthetes -- experience things just like that.

For them it's like being hooked up to a weird virtual-reality machine. The number 7 may look green, or the color red might smell of soap. G-flat on the piano might look like broken glass.
Note to self: become synesthete. Except I'm not a big fan of guacamole. Or olives. Or pickles. I hope nothing I hear tastes like olives or pickles.

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