Friday, April 1, 2011

The Man Who Tasted Shapes

One of my tutors lent me this wonderful book called, 'The Man Who Tasted Shapes,' by Richard E. Cytowic M.D.
Its about synesthesia, people who's senses all melt together. Dr. Cytowic tells the stories of a man who can literally taste shapes and a woman who smelled colours.

I just wanted to post a small section from the end of the book from part 2, chapter 8, Other Peoples Experience;

'Satisfying art is a product of deep knowledge and understanding within the artist.It is true that art is informed by the intellect and with acquired technique. But the function of the artist is to penetrate the visible world to illuminate the mystery behind it. That mystery is a ground of universal truth that supports the human condition.If successful, the artist's expression resonates within the inner life of the of the reader, viewer, or listener who experiences what I have called an intuitive recognition. Ultimately, the art of fiction is not an intellectual achievement, but an emotional one in which intellect serves only to articulate the human truth, not to explain it.'

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