This week we take a deep dive into the world of Synesthesia – a unique quirk of evolution affecting around 4% of the population – whereby one or more of our senses are joined or coupled. Noted author and Professor of Neurology at George Washington University Dr. Richard E. Cytowic MD MFA guides Jesse down the rabbit-hole and beyond the trappings of urban legends and popular misconceptions.
Talking about destroying myths, Jesse shatters a very popular one about happiness and longevity, making it easier for you to be Mr. Grumpy this holiday season (if you so choose). To know more stick around for the Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick.
|0:34||Cross wiring in the human brain.|
|1:44||This Week In Neuroscience: Out of body experiences.|
|5:10||The audience interaction section.|
|7:33||Jesse introduces Dr. Richard E. Cytowic.|
|9:43||Commonalities in the Synesthetic alphabet.|
|10:53||Origins of Synesthesia and population covered.|
|12:59||Cross-wiring of senses.|
|14:12||What led Dr. Cytowic to study Synesthesia.|
|18:16||Mechanism of action - Synaptic pruning.|
|21:33||A question about evolution and superior selection.|
|22:25||Are we all somewhat Synesthetic?|
|23:16||Consciousness and the 10% myth.|
|24:07||Prevalence of Synesthesia in different cultures.|
|28:01||Bombarded by flux.|
|30:00||Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick: Happiness - a fish that you can’t catch.|
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