Wednesday, January 21, 2015
I don't mean to be a meanyhead/party pooper/jerk, but I'd like to voice healthy skepticism about what is now a solid chunk of our class possessing Synesthesia. While synesthesia used to be thought of as incredibly rare. It is now estimated that 1% of the population has some form of synesthesia. While this is a significant percentage, it is extraordinarily unlikely that three of the people in our class have this fairly rare mental phenomenon. There is a huge difference between an association and actual synesthesia. When you have synesthesia, actual images appear in your head because of sounds, and other sense physically and chemically trigger other senses. This is not the same thing as simply associating things with others. I am by no means telling anyone else they don't have this rare phenomenon; however, statistically it is unlikely that 33% of our class has it, when our grade is small enough that it is not necessarily super likely to have someone with it. So I'd like to ask the question to the synesthesia peoples whether when they do math and stuff with synesthesia if it is a blur of colors - or genders - coming together, or simply an association.