Richard Cytowic's dinner host apologized, "There aren't enough points on the chicken!" He felt flavor also as a physical shape in his hands, and the chicken had come out "too round." This offbeat comment in 1980 launched Cytowic's exploration into the oddity called synesthesia. He is one of... read more
List of Illustrations and Tables
Part One: A MEDICAL MYSTERY TALE
1. February 10, 1980: Not Enough Points on the Chicken
2. The World Turned Inside Out
3. 1957--Down in the Basement: The Making of a Neurologist
4. How the Brain Works: The Standard View
5. Winters 1977 and 1978: "There Is Nothing Wrong with Your Eyes"
6. Direct Experience, Technology, and Inner Knowledge
7. March 25, 1980: Blinding Red Jaggers
8. Down in the Basement: The History of Synesthesia
9. April 10, 1980: "Taste This!"
10. Diagnosing Synesthesia
11. April 25, 1980: Where Is the Link?
12. Painting the Ceiling
13. Summer 1980: Bringing Things to a Close
14. September 1983: "Bizarre Medical Oddity Affects Millions!"
15. Form Constants and Explaining Ineffable Experiences
16. Altered States of Consciousness
17. May 21, 1981: Taking Drugs
18. June 29, 1981: Bride of Frankenstein, Revisited
19. How the Brain Works: The New View
20. The Implications of Synesthesia
21. October 5, 1982: The Reverend and Martinis
Part Two: ESSAYS ON THE PRIMACY OF EMOTION
1. The Anthropic Principle
2. Free Lunch and Imagination
3. Consciousness Is a Type of Emotion
4. The Limits of Artificial Intelligence
5. Different Kinds of Knowledge
6. The Experience of Metaphor
7. Emotion Has a Logic of Its Own
8. Other People's Experience
9. The Depth at Which We really Live
10. Reason Is the Endless Paperwork of the Mind
11. Science and Spirituality
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