On a late winter day in 1922, the sound of a gun shot resounded with a loud boom in the hills surrounding the house of three-year-old Edgar Curtis. The sound itself wasn’t out of the ordinary, since the Curtises lived near a firing range. What was extraordinary was the question the boy turned to ask his mother: “What is that big, black noise?”
The cross-blending of the senses, hearing colors or tasting words … that’s synesthesia. Once thought to be quite rare, neuroscientists such as David Eagleman estimate as much as 4% of the population may have some form. More at the link above, including a video interview with Eagleman.
“If a huge genetic gap separated us from our closest relative in the animal kingdom, we could justifiably celebrate our brilliance. We might be entitled to walk around thinking we’re distant and distinct from our fellow creatures. But no such gap exists. Instead, we are one with the rest of nature, fitting neither above nor below, but within.”—The Cosmic Perspective by Neil deGrasse Tyson (via scipsy)