When listening to other people talking, some folks may see colors or they may experience different taste sensations corresponding to the various words.
Most of us are used to muddling along with our basic five senses (touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing) working pretty much the way they should. However, as discussed on a recent BBC Radio Broadcast in the UK, as many as one in 2000 folks have a strange condition in which two or more of the five senses intermingle and overlap.
For example, when listening to music and/or other people talking, some folks see colors or abstract patterns. Alternatively, some people "taste" words; that is, they experience different taste sensations corresponding to different words.
One of the most common form synaesthesia (or "syn" for short) involves seeing words and/or letters and/or numbers has having distinct colors. For example, even when everything is presented as black text on a white background, some may see the number 2 in "red" and the number 5 in "green" (or vice versa, or as different colors). You can see an example of what this would look like on Part Two of a 2-page article on this program.
So why am I interested in this? Well, first of all I'm planning on adding a section on this topic to my ever-evolving Color Vision paper. But then I suddenly started to ponder the question: "Are there any digital logic designers with synaesthesia who see different logic gates in different colors; for example, AND gate symbols as green and NAND gate symbols as blue?" Do you know of anyone like this or do you experience this yourself? If so, I would be real interested in chatting with you about it.
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