Re: [-empyre-] metaphor or cliche?
There was an account of a stage director that gave directions in color
coded symbolic images. His crew and actors were absolutely baffled. They
eventually learned to get a sense of what he was talking about and he was
The cross firing has been mapped. It was long believed to be a form of
delusional psychosis until fairly recently, although old accounts from the
turn of the century can be found.
It is a nuerological abnormality, and thus occurs in people across the
spectrum of careers and lifestyles. It is possible that people with the
condition can develop careers as artists from this ability and perception,
but that is an endlessly open debate.
The very definition of metaphor is a comparison and cross-analysis of 2
disparate images and concepts to convery a third and more complex concept
by this unexpected fusion. The more startling to cross-referencing for
the mind, expectation and perception, the better and more powerful and
original. This can be definitely compared to synethesia in the sense of
an cross firing of sensory information and associated concepts.
Read this recently on the site neurologynews.com
> THE MIND?S EYE?NEUROSCIENCE, SYNESTHESIA, AND ART
> Comments by Dr. Ramachandran, Director of the Center for Brain and
> Cognition and Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University
> of California, San Diego
> What do you think...
> ?We were struck by the fact that, if you look at the fusiform gyrus, the
> color area of the brain is right next to the area that deals with visual
> graphics and numbers, almost touching it,? Dr. Ramachandran said. He
> posited that some people have a gene mutation that causes either
> disinhibition or defective pruning of the connections between adjacent
> brain modules. ?If there?s a gene mutation which causes defective pruning,
> and if it?s selectively expressed in the fusiform gyrus, where the number
> and color areas lie, you get cross-wiring between these areas causing
> number to color synesthesia.
> ?Later we stumbled on some synesthetes for whom even the days of the week
> and the months of the year had colors,? he added. ?So we asked ourselves,
> what does a number have in common with the days of the week or the months
> in a calendar? The answer is, they?re all sequences. So my conjecture is
> maybe in these ?higher? synesthetes it?s the abstract concept of numerical
> sequence that gets linked to colors. Perhaps in these people the same gene
> is expressed in the vicinity of the angular gyrus where the abstract idea
> of numerical sequence is represented, and close to it is also another
> color area that?s further downstream from the color area in the fusiform.
> If the gene is expressed in the fusiform, you get a lower synesthete
> driven by the visual features of the grapheme: if it?s expressed higher
> up, near the angular gyrus, you get a higher synesthete in whom the color
> is evoked by the concept.?
> Lastly, if the gene is expressed continuously everywhere you get extensive
> hyperconnectivity throughout the brain. ?This explains, I think, why
> synesthesia is so much more common in artists, poets, and novelists. What
> do artists, poets, and novelists have in common? They use metaphor,
> analogy. They can take seemingly unrelated%
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