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Book Review: Tasting the Universe

Written By: Paranormal News

Posted: 3/1/2011 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 3407   Submitted By:0x6a656666   Category: Alternative Spirituality

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Have you ever tasted a shape or experienced sound as a kaleidoscope of colors? Do some numbers and letters seem black, others red, others blue or green? If so, you might want to check out the recently published book, Tasting the Universe, written by Maureen Seaberg and published by New Page Books. It documents the author’s investigation into a phenomenon called synesthesia, which sounds like a disorder but could hardly be classified as one. Synesthesia, more than anything, seems to indicate the presence of a mental crab nebula of creativity as opposed to indicating the presence of a few blown circuits. For those who have it or acquire it later in life never want to get rid of it, and for those who lose it, mourn for its return.

If you look up the term itself you will be confronted by a rather blasé description. Put on your party hats. Synesthesia, Wikipedia states, “is a neurologically-based condition in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.” Ah yes, a condition…and when the word ‘condition’ is used in any type of technical work, it is pretty much overloaded with negative connotations of there being something wrong. But this is far from the case. In fact, if Seaberg is correct, it could even be that synesthetes simply have a larger foot in the door to the godmind than most. “And all the people saw the voices,” states Exodus 20:18. “And all the people heard the visions,” adds the Zohar, both of which describe a synesthetic experience most noted by the blending of sensation.

It is this intermixing that is considered by most to be a psychedelic experience, which is pretty much exactly what hallucinatory drugs are said to induce by its proponents. Synesthetes, on the other hand, seem naturally able to achieve such psychedelic states and, in fact, live inside of them on a daily basis without requiring any chemical bootstrap. As such, they are more inclined to be indescribably moved by the senses in ways that are highly subjective, yet collectively realized by more and more scientists with every passing year. Upon viewing, a television show may taste buttery. While appreciating a sculpture, it may sound muffled. It happens to Pharell Williams, Billy Joel, Douglas Coupland, and many more. Does it happen to you? And if you have experienced it, what does it mean?

Synesthete or not, Tasting the Universe will add yet another flavor to your growing understanding of quantum entanglement. We thought we read it all—apparently not!

Another winner from New Page Books -- we give this one a thumbs up.