Other[Casual Christmas] IamA grapheme-color synesthete, meaning that I see letters, numbers, words, and anything of the like as having inherent colors. AMA!
Dec 27th 2017 by icebird-- • 11 Questions • 28 Points
OMG, I have a ridiculous number of questions!
- Are the words for colours the same colour as the colour being named? (e.g. is the word "red" red?)
- Are the colours of numbers mathematically related? (e.g. if "1" is red and "2" is yellow, is "3" orange? Or is "12" orange?)
- Are words that are spelled similarly similar in colour? (e.g. "wall" and "wail"?) Are words that are spelled the same and pronounced differently the same colour? (e.g. "bow" in bow and arrow vs. "bow" in taking a bow a curtain call)
- Do you speak any other languages? If so, does the colour reside in the meaning of the word or the combination of the letters?
- Do letters have colour in languages that use different alphabets? If you have ever learned a language that has a different alphabet, has being able to read the different alphabet affected the colours of the letters?
What was the reaction around the office once the news broke?
I'm happy that you have questions and am even more happy to answer! Wasn't sure how this AMA was going to go, so I'm glad it's eliciting responses.
1) For the most part, yes. Common colors are associated with their colors - red is red, magenta is magenta, gold is gold. I obviously don't know the true reason as to why this is, but if I were to speculate, I'd say that either a) it's because I learned my colors when I was a baby before I learned my numbers/alphabet, so I learned them as concepts before I learned them as words or b) everyone is generally conditioned to think of the color when the word is said (as you would, even though you aren't synesthetic) so it could be due to that as well. However, very uncommon, lesser known, or archaic colors don't have that same effect. For example, I saw the color 'vermillion' in a book and assumed it was a bright, golden yellow because I had never heard of it before and that's my association for it, but I learned later that it was a red and was very confused lol. Same with the color ecru - I ARGUED with my mom that it was navy blue, almost black, and didn't believe her when she said it was an off white until I looked it up myself. Needless to say my mind was blown because I had always thought ecru was blue because I never thought that I was making an assumption based on my association.
2) No, unfortunately aha. While that would be cool and useful, there's no mathematical component, at least for me anyway. Mine works kind of like your second guess - it's the combination of numbers/letters that form the unit's color, but it's not so formulaic as red+yellow=orange. Some letters/numbers are stronger than others, so they will have more of an effect. I gave some examples of this in some of my other responses!
3) Yes, to your first question. I responded to your other post with the Bryan vs Brian example which I think answers this question! But for your second question, no. Bow and bow are the same. Since my synesthesia is with the visual form of letters and numbers, different pronunciations have no effect.
4) I am conversationally fluent in spanish from learning in school and can write and speak much better than I can understand (but am pretty proficient). Meaning has no effect - the letters are what's important for me! So gato and cat are very different colors. However, a lot of English and Spanish words share roots, so in those cases there will be similar colors (perhaps just different tones) because there will be similar letters (ex: grand and grande). Words in Spanish tend to have weaker color associations though, and some words don't have color at all. Don't know why - because it's my second language maybe? Who knows.
5) I only know English and Spanish, so I can only understand Latin languages. Cyrillic and different Asian characters (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc.) don't have colors for me. I think it's because my mind sees them as symbols (similar to the way I would view punctuation) so they don't register as graphemes in my head and so don't have associations.
Hopefully I answered all your questions! Please let me know if you have any more. I am very happy to answer anything else you want to question me about and will still be online for at least another hour if not more!
Most of my coworkers did not even know what net neutrality was. I was trying to educate everyone but I think I only reached a few people. There's a lot of internal propaganda about the subject which is the biggest reason why I left the company. We were literally asked to hand out fliers to customer with a little statement from Verizon with a header saying "Verizon supports a free internet" written at the top. That was the last straw for me.
I have not heard of that book! Is it good? Should I read it?
I have not seen a synesthete portrayed in a work of art before. How cool!
Of course, i will clarify. Your claim is that you quit because you were asked to hand out flyers implying thay Verizon supported an open internet. My question, is this, what actions has Verizon taken as a company that are contradictory to the message they are promoting. Are they throttling connection speeds for certain websites, forcing tiered service onto customers, blocking wesbites, etc.
Right now, youre argument is based solely upon your feelings, and not based on factual evidence. You feel they are promoting false information, without providing supporting data. Basically, im saying you quit your only job to virtue signal for meaningleas online points.
It's a realistic fiction young adult novel - I actually read it in 6th or 7th grade (when I was 11-12 years old) but stupid me never made the connection that I was also experiencing what the protagonist was experiencing until much later - about a 13 year old girl with two types of synesthesia (I think). So it's a younger read, and is plot based rather than informational, but I don't know how old you are or what type of books you're into lol
Verizon has been "testing" throttling for a few years now. About a year ago Verizon started throttling the Netflix app in certain markets. While I can't provide studies or data proof, most of my decision is based in my understanding that Verizon is trying to mask their stance against net neutrality with that statement. Verizon has been flirting with heavy throttling ever since the came out with their newer unlimited plan and I have zero doubts that we will see some sort of plan in the near future with fast lane access to certain websites.