Re: [asa] synesthesia

From: Freeman, Louise Margaret <>
Date: Fri Apr 25 2008 - 13:46:52 EDT

Not to burst a bubble, but synesthesia is also a classic symptom experienced
by people on hallucinogenic drugs (eg LSD) and people in full-blown
schizophrenic episodes. An interesting neuropsychological phenomenon, to be
sure, but I wouldn't look (or feel or smell..) to it as a source of
spiritual enlightenment.
Louise M. Freeman, PhD
Psychology Dept
Mary Baldwin College
Staunton, VA 24401
FAX 540-887-7121

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From: "j burg" <>
To: "ASA list" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2008 08:27:43 -0600
Subject: [asa] synesthesia

Sometimes I have to agree with our friends at ICR. Here is a recent
devotional from them.

Can you see the notes coming from a piano? Can you feel the texture of
a number? Does the aroma of every meal you eat have its own bouquet
of color? Imagine how much more exciting life could be by combining
your senses.

Maybe tasting the rainbow isn't so far off. A recently researched
human condition has been identified that enables some to do just that.
It's called synesthesia, which is a cross-linking of at least two
senses in various patterns. This rare trait gives people very unique
talents, amazing memory, and an array of senses all at once. Instead
of merely hearing a symphony, this person might actually taste and
smell it as well. Watch our new episode of Creation in Common Sense in
which the CSE Question and Research Team discuss this ability.

Though synesthesia has sometimes been associated with defect, perhaps
in our glorified bodies we'll all get full functionality of our
senses, without the compromise. The Bible says, "Eye hath not seen,
nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things
which God hath prepared for them that love him" (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Maybe in Heaven our five senses will be expanded; and we'll be able to
taste the colors, smell the music, and see our praises rise up to God.
It'll probably be even better than that. Reflect on God's promise, and
rest in the assurance that He has amazing things in store for His


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