What is synesthesia and who are Synesthetes?

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Why imagination varies from one person to other? Rene Descartes often described subjective variation of mind as qualia or raw experiences in his thesis of Dualism in the mind-body continuum. The very same concept of qualia is referred to as ideasthisia in neuroscience. So nullifying individual experiences based on their neuronal perception can be even wrong and are often wrong as well.

Ever heard of Synesthesia in neuroscience? It is a phenomenon in which stimulation of one cognitive pathway leads to an automatic and simultaneous stimulation of multiple cognitive pathways. Such people are known as Synesthetes. For the very same reason they are often misjudged as underrated or overrated individuals. Most of these individuals doesn’t understand that they have this differences unless they find that is not seen in others and often keeps it as secret when they find it wierd.1 in 2,000 people are synesthetes, and some experts suspect that as many as one in 300 people have some variation of the condition. Such people are engaged in creative activities. Some people often see certain numerals in a certain colour just because the area for colour recognition and numeral recognition neurons are crosslinked and intertwined as these distinct neurons are so close and near to each other in the temporal lobe of brain. In creative artists of different fields the neurons of distant areas are intertwined like the Shakespeare who is able to associate enumerous metaphors correlating to different distant brain areas at the same time. Moreover, these traits can be transferred to its offsprings as well!

Genetics find it difficult to correlate these vivid expression and attempts to explain in form of locus heterogenesity but expert of today in neuroscience finds epigenetics as a suitable explanation of this vivid neural linking making certain people able to do complex and creative things ranging from simplistic poetry, humour to complex imagination in the field of discovery and inventions! This is never even categorised in any DSM of psychiatry as it never ever interferes with day to day experiences. Instead it is considered as a superhuman ability in psychology rather than a so called barbarian devil pocess concepts of the superstitious extremists.

We now know that some children of 2.5 years with less competent neurons can read contradicting even the skeptical neuroscience of physicalism. This is entirely due to synesthesia an interwiring of distant and unrelated neurons in a way stimulation of one cognitive pathway stimulating multiple cognitive neuronal pathways leading to vivid perceptions and outputs. Jesus was said to speak from his cradle and there is not even a doubt that every children start learning language right from the womb. What if neuronal interwiring was so intense in a way to use the comprehension, processing and output integrating with acquired memory from womb? But if that happened I would consider it in Jesus as meta-science or a possibility rather than science or reality with our current understanding in neuroscience.

Dr. Fahad Basheer

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