Sensory Substitution: Hearing a Rembrandt, Tasting a Landscape

by Gerald Celente
Daily Reckoning

Dear Reader,

A blind mountain climber tastes his way to the summit. A deaf musician hears melodies on his skin. A color-blind painter listens to hues and shades.

New technologies in “sensory substitution” are helping the brain replace one damaged sense with another that learns to step in and do the same task.

These assistive technologies capitalize on the brain’s capacity for “synesthesia” — the ability of one sensory system to impinge on another. In some individuals, the dividing line between senses is weak or missing, allowing two senses to mingle. A person born with the condition might say that a slamming door feels yellow or that a damp chill tastes like cherries.

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