Vilayanur Ramachandran shares some neurology lessons. Particularly synesthesia (starts at 17:50). The mixing between senses, i.e. colour and numbers, tone and colours, etc.

Synesthesia is 8 times more common among artists, poets and novelists and other creative people then in the general population. Why would that be?…

He continues to note some other interesting aspects:

  • A heredity in genes. It’s passed down!
  • The linking in metaphorical thinking.
  • The ability to connect “seemingly unrelated ideas”.

Let me repeat. “seemingly unrelated ideas”

Maybe we are all (as he put) synesthedes. I wonder if we could do the same brain tests on renaissance, generalists, and scanners, that there might be something similar?


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