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View Poll Results: are you a synesthete?
yes 5 15.15%
no 29 87.88%
I have amnesia, does that count? 1 3.03%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 33. You may not vote on this poll

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Old February 21 2012, 05:57 PM   #16
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Re: do you have synethesia?

I can see how having colors with sound would help give one perfect pitch.

I don't think I could do that--but I suspect that with the right training, with the way I perceive sounds, I could be a mean DJ or sound engineer. There are few things worse than a great band with a poorly-mixed album that sounds like it's coming out of a mailbox.
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Old February 21 2012, 11:47 PM   #17
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Re: do you have synethesia?

20% of people here have synethesia, that's way above the average, which should be less than 5%. Then again, this poll probably skews towards those who would answer yes, and TrekBBS denizens are a special group in any case.
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Old February 22 2012, 12:15 AM   #18
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Re: do you have synethesia?

The alphabet tastes delicious.
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Old February 22 2012, 12:19 AM   #19
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Re: do you have synethesia?

It's an interesting phenomenon, the overabundance of internet users on bbs and forums claiming they have synesthesia.

IMO it's probably is due to participants with minimal medical training engaging in erroneous self-diagnosis.
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Old February 22 2012, 12:27 AM   #20
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Re: do you have synethesia?

Temis the Vorta wrote: View Post
/.../ this poll probably skews towards those who would answer yes, and TrekBBS denizens are a special group in any case.
All true, but you didn't take into account that almost three hundred members have been in the thread and not ALL of them have 'voted'.
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Old February 22 2012, 01:22 AM   #21
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Re: do you have synethesia?

I don't think it's fair to assume that everyone who votes "yes" is doing so improperly. I also don't think it's right for anyone to make an assumption based on what right now is currently a very small sample size compared to the overall population of the TrekBBS. That is statistically VERY shaky. I'd wait until the poll has run longer before drawing a conclusion.
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Old February 22 2012, 01:55 AM   #22
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Re: do you have synethesia?

I have very specific mental images around numbers. Some numbers have colors, but all numbers up to about 30 have their own mental images. Some of these images made sense, some do not.

Twelve, to me, is represented by an egg carton - that one makes sense.

Eight is represented by a mental photograph of people playing cards. Which I don't even like to do, so I have no idea where that comes from.

Eleven is represented by the face of a digital watch that reads "11:11". Sixteen is somehow represented by a mental photo of scrambled eggs. Five is a mental photo of spokes on the wheel of a bicycle. And Nine is represented by a mental photo of a greasy mechanics shop.

I have absolutely no idea where any of these imaged came from...but they have been attached to those numbers for me since childhood. I have often wondered if any of this makes me nuts. Perhaps so.

Letters used to have images attached as well...but I think typing sort or removed that. Now letters have more to do with the movement my fingers have to make to hit that key. Q, for example, is associated with my left pinky finger and sort of reaching my wrist around sideways to get to the Q button on a keyboard. So Q is a typing movement now...not a mental image.
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Old February 22 2012, 07:03 AM   #23
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Re: do you have synethesia?

Nerys Ghemor wrote: View Post
I don't think it's fair to assume that everyone who votes "yes" is doing so improperly. I also don't think it's right for anyone to make an assumption based on what right now is currently a very small sample size compared to the overall population of the TrekBBS. That is statistically VERY shaky. I'd wait until the poll has run longer before drawing a conclusion.
Yep, my bad. I was just having breakfast... and I had soup for lunch...
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Old February 22 2012, 07:25 AM   #24
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Re: do you have synethesia?

I also just noticed one person voted both "yes" and "no." Also a skew from that, albeit not a giant one.
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Old February 24 2012, 04:40 AM   #25
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Re: do you have synethesia?

trekkiedane wrote: View Post
Temis the Vorta wrote: View Post
/.../ this poll probably skews towards those who would answer yes, and TrekBBS denizens are a special group in any case.
All true, but you didn't take into account that almost three hundred members have been in the thread and not ALL of them have 'voted'.
Yeah I did. You even quoted it.

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20% of people here have synethesia, that's way above the average, which should be less than 5%. Then again, this poll probably skews towards those who would answer yes, and TrekBBS denizens are a special group in any case.
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Old February 24 2012, 04:23 PM   #26
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Re: do you have synethesia?

Ironically, I'm watching an animated action series right now in which the title character has synethesia.

As for myself, I'd say no, but I do recall as a kid thinking that certain words looked "different" or "stronger" than others. Can't explain how, but it was something I paid attention to in my reading and writing classes in elementary school and probably helped me get "A"s. As I grew older, though, words all started looking the same after awhile.
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Old February 24 2012, 04:46 PM   #27
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I've had moments in the past where I saw black letters with a hint of color. I also woke up one morning to find that colors were more vivid and the light streaming through the window was a rainbow of colors. I wondered if this was due to the sleeping pill I took.
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Old February 24 2012, 10:24 PM   #28
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Re: do you have synethesia?

Temis the Vorta wrote: View Post
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Temis the Vorta wrote: View Post
/.../ this poll probably skews towards those who would answer yes, and TrekBBS denizens are a special group in any case.
All true, but you didn't take into account that almost three hundred members have been in the thread and not ALL of them have 'voted'.
Yeah I did. You even quoted it.
right! -I guess I just was too tired to actually do the math
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