Tuesday, 8 July 2008
Waking up at odd hours of the night is something I do quite frequently. Sometimes I read until I drop off to sleep again. Usually my first response is to turn on my radio and listen to the BBC World Service. It's amazing what you learn at 2.00am!
Anyway, this happened tonight and I caught the tail end of a programme called Health Check. the discussion was about people who have the experience of feeling touch when they see other people being touched. This crossing over of one sense into another is termed synaesthesia.
Of course my first thought was the article on mirror neurons from yesterdays Science Service.
I also thought of the effect of sensing when you are being watched.
They went on to talk about synaesthesia for time. Some people see dates as coloured and arranged in ovals or circles. The presenter herself experiences this. But what made my hair stand on end was this verbal interction between the scientist and the presenter;
"It creates the illusion you're not in charge of your own brain. If that is the case who is incharge of it? "
Well I have my own "daemonic" ideas about that!
The programme can be downloaded as a podcast at http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/programmes/health_check.shtml
and a related article can be found at http://www.scribd.com/doc/3321366/Ovals-of-time-Timespace-associations-in-synaesthesia
I'll go back to bed now!
Posted by Anonymous at 03:12