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Tasting the Universe: People Who See Colors in Words and Rainbows in Symphonies

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A book by Maureen Seaberg

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Author: Maureen Seaberg
Publisher: New Page Books
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Synesthesia- The Interpetive Psychology of Our Surroundings

  • Mar 7, 2011
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Tasting the Universe- Does the Synesthesia gene lay the foundation for creativity?
by Maureen Seaberg     New Page Books      2011  Reviewed by Dr. Joseph S. Maresca

Do routine sounds have color codings for you ? Is music color-coded for you?
Beethoven and Mozart could divine colors from specific musical notes.


Tasting the Universe presents a number of theories relating to Synesthesia.
One notion is that the Synesthesia gene lays the foundation for
creativity. Synesthesia must be present in enlightenment.

Some people associate sounds with color. This is a form of popular
Psychology called Synesthesia. For instance, funeral music may be associated
with dark colors like purple and weddings may be associated with
white, gold or popular pastels. The Star Spangled Banner is associated
with red, white and blue. Life itself is associated with bright colors
like green, yellow, gold, candy apple red and others.  Death is
associated with a dark grey or purple.

Synesthesia is thought to come from the limbic brain and represent
lucidity. The limbic system, often referred to as the "emotional brain",
is found buried within the cerebrum. Like the cerebellum, evolutionarily
the structure is rather old.  This system contains the thalamus, hypothalamus,
amygdala, and hippocampus.    1)

Neuroimaging shows that the connections between the brain's sensory pathways
are both denser and more active in synaesthetes than in non-synaesthetes.
The condition is now viewed as being developmental in origin, and it is thought
that newly-established connections, which would otherwise be "pruned" during development,
remain in place, and perhaps become overactive. The results of the new study therefore fit nicely
with current thinking about the neural bases of synaesthesia. Specific combinations of alleles
of the identified candidate genes could feasibly lead to subtle changes in  developmental processes
which ultimately result in alterations in neural architecture and activity thought to be involved
in the condition.      2)

Vowels can be associated with Synesthesia. For instance, an "A" may be
associated with the gold star in an academic setting.  A "Z" could be associated
with the media figure Zoro. These types of associations are at the heart of
memory improvement courses.  Synesthetes have superior memories.

Even songs may have associations with colors.  The introduction to
Walt Disney invoked a panorama of colors like a rainbow.
Even the weather can invoke colors. For instance, snow invokes the
color white.  Sunshine invokes bright yellow or gold. The 4 seasons
invoke colors for spring, summer, fall and winter.  Even Pythagoras related
musical notes to numbers.

Life may be considered a building of layers . Death is a peeling
away of layers until only the mind is left at the moment we are about to
pass to the ultimate spiritual level. The remaining mystery is " What happens
to the mind after death? "  A related question is
" Is memory recoverable after death and , if so, how ?"

The author presents an extensive resource list and bibliography. The book is highly
recommended as a treatise on the creative side of humankind. The
presentation should appeal to writers, teachers, psychologists, artists
and a wide spectrum of creative people in virtually every walk of life .

1)  http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/bb/kinser/Structure1.html
2) http://scienceblogs.com/neurophilosophy/2009...ogical_condition_in.php
Synesthesia- The Interpetive Psychology of Our Surroundings

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