- Andrew Petts
- Peterborough On
Promotions Manager, Within the Woods
Synaesthesia allows us to understand if the blue I see is the same as the blue you see.
I have what I would call a particularly unique form of synaesthesia. I can taste colours in my food. For example, when I eat lemons they have a hint of green, and that stereotypical fishy taste is almost overpoweringly blue. What I propose is that finding people with similar forms of synaesthesia, and comparing the results of what they taste/hear/see/feel/etc, we can come closer to determining if what we view using standard senses are the same with each other.
I thought of this because I have never found a case online where a person tastes colours (if you know of one, please let me know. I'd be very interested!). With that in mind, I just found out last year that my mother has the same form of synaesthesia, she can taste colours. What I found the most fascinating about this is that she tastes the same green in lemons, the same blue in fish, and every other food we sampled had the same colours associated with it (a third party asked us separately with taste tests). This leads me to suspect that the blue that she sees is the same that I would see, since our sense of taste is almost acting as a redundancy for it in a way.
I'd love to hear what anyone else thinks of this, whether you agree with me or think that I'm way off base. If there are other synaesthetes, maybe you can think of how you're sensing the world compared to other people with a comparable sense.