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Single Idea 4905

[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / B. Features of Minds / 5. Qualia / a. Nature of qualia]

Full Idea

Connections in a baby's brain probably give the infant the experience of 'seeing' sounds and 'hearing' colours - which occasionally continues into adulthood, where it is known as 'synaesthesia'.


'Synaethesia' is a synthesis of sense experiences

Gist of Idea

Normal babies seem to have overlapping sense experiences


Rita Carter (Mapping the Mind [1998], p. 19)

Book Reference

Carter,Rita: 'Mapping the Mind' [Phoenix 2000], p.19

A Reaction

A fact to remember when discussing secondary qualities, and the relativism involved in the way we perceive the world. If you have done your philosophy right, you shouldn't be surprised by this discovery.