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Tasting the Universe: People Who See Colors in Words and Rainbows in Symphonies Paperback – March 15, 2011
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"As Maureen Seaberg beautifully tells us, the conscious minds of synesthetes reach deeper levels of reality, beneath the veil, beyond the cave, to purer realms of meaning."
--Dr. Stuart Hameroff, director, Center for Consciousness Studies, The University of Arizona, Tucson
"Maureen Seaberg explores a dimension of synesthesia long encountered in reports of synesthetes: its relation to mystical and artistic vision. In Tasting the Universe, Ms. Seaberg, a synesthete herself, has collected some fascinating accounts by some very prominent and inspiring people."
--Patricia Lynne Duffy, author of Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens
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There are much better books out there, which give you a lot of in-depth information about this fascinating topic and what goes on in the brain that may cause this to happen. The books by Richard E. Cytowic are much more informative! Don’t waste your money on this book, get his books instead, in particular ‘Wednesday is Indigo Blue’.
"`What color is your A?' Carol asked me one night in Chelsea.
`Yellow,' I replied.
`My dear, A is definitely pink. Perhaps there are vitamins you could take.'"
If it does, there is a strong possibility that you may be a synesthete. This quote from Tasting the Universe highlights the way people who have synesthesia perceive the world. They may see particular letters or words in color, they may strongly visualize a color upon hearing a specific musical note, or they may even taste the words that other people speak. These are indeed, "strange visions," to use the words of British scientist Sir Francis Galton. Tasting the Universe is a cross between journalism and biography in which author, who predictably enough is a synesthete, tells the story of discovering and living with what she calls her precious secret. Readers are next introduced to celebrities who are also synesthetes. Norman Mailer believed that Marilyn Monroe exhibited characteristics based upon her preferences of colored vegetables when cooking. Violinist Itzhak Perlman describes his relationship to musical notes and color.
Sir Robert Cailliau speaks about coming up with the three w's for the world wide web (for him the w appeared green and so imagining people typing three green w's in a row was a wonderful thought). Structurally, Seaberg positions the experiencing of phenomena alongside scientific research but she seems a bit hesitant about wanting to fully understand her synesthesia, as do a couple of her interviewees. The suspicion is that too much knowledge might potentially destroy the ineffable gift. Perhaps this is justified.Read more ›
The book begins with Seaberg discussing her own experience in discovering her synesthetic gift. As a young child she was eager to attend school so as to know why her letters and numbers were always tied to certain colors. While attending school, however, she was told, as many other synesthetes are, that it was probably because of an alphabet book she read to learn her letters. Although Seaberg knew this was not the case she cast her synesthesia aside feeling like no one knew the truth. She finally discovered the name for her gift when she one day stumbled upon neuroscientist Dr. Richard Cytowic's novel, "The Man Who Tasted Shapes", while shopping.Read more ›
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Honestly this is my favorite book. It portrays synesthesia in a brand new light that is refreshing and new. Please read this to get first hand accountsPublished 19 months ago by karl stevenson
A wonderful and interesting book. Very informative. It uncovers a beautiful gft that confirms the wonders of the soul and inspires the creativity that is in us all. Read morePublished on January 8, 2012 by Rose
I remember reading about this phenomenon a while ago and was immediately intrigued when asked to review this. I was not disappointed. Read morePublished on June 17, 2011 by Beth
I must confess that I did not know what Synesthesia mean before I received this book to be reviewed. Read morePublished on April 11, 2011 by Vibha Verma
The very first pages of this book made me cry. I didn't even know why it was so powerful. I realized it was like being in a foreign country, and finally finding someone who... Read morePublished on March 19, 2011 by Suzanne
This is an absolutely brilliant and beautiful look at the strange phenomenon that has made artists and thinkers so unique. Read morePublished on March 16, 2011 by sternj