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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