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The Frog Who Croaked Blue: Synesthesia and the mixing of the senses
by Jamie Ward

This book is an account about a fascinating condition, synesthesia, in which music can have color, words can have taste, and time and numbers float through space. Ward takes the most recent research and uses it to develop theories of why it is certain people's experiences with the world is extremely different from the normal experience. Many people who have this condition don't realize that they are experiencing the world differently from anyone else and it isn't until they say something that someone finds odd that they become aware of the uniqueness of their reality. An example of something a synesthete would say is "I don't like my name because it is gray and olive green, although the red-orange 'e' at the end makes it a little better" or "What is that little white noise?"

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Submitted by obaxter on Mon, 09/07/2009 - 3:14pm.
I've read this book! It's really interesting, especially when you meet synesthetes in real life after reading this.
Submitted by dtenorio on Thu, 09/17/2009 - 5:43pm.
He doesn't even go here!