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Options December 19, 2018: Sensory Overload

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Interview with Bronwyn C.    

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:04pm melinda:

Hi gals!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:07pm Kat in Chicago:

BRONWYNNNNNNNNN
  7:08pm Kate:

I have no sense at all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:09pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I, for one, welcome our new sensory overlords.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:09pm melinda:

I would rather lose hearing than sight.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:10pm Richard S:

Hello!
  7:12pm Emily:

I know this is weird for a radio folk, but I think I would least want to lose sight!
  7:13pm Johnzon:

not to detract from the unusual subject matter of the show and Im sure this has been covered before but it's pretty weird that there are two Bronwyn's on fmu... Ive lived 30 years without meeting a Bronwyn as far as I know...
  7:14pm Emily:

@Johnzon TOTALLY worth discussing—bizarre, right? I actually know 3 though!
  7:15pm Kate:

oh nice observation that a high c is more like a tiny point of light SO true
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:16pm melinda:

I never thought of synesthesia being on a spectrum, maybe I'm at the far end of it. But it makes sense. Face-blindness does seem to be on a spectrum.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:16pm Richard S:

Have to wonder what this show's color is.....
Avatar 7:17pm dale:

sense of smell? smell ya later - no fart smells, no rotting meat stench, no gasoline fumes....
  7:17pm Emily:

@Richard oh I should ask him!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:17pm queems:

i have synesthesia
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:17pm ultradamno:

Take smell, it'll make changing the litter box much easier. Or take them all, I hear that boosts pinball skills.
  7:17pm Kate:

@ Melinda, maybe I'm closer to the middle then because I totally understand why punk all looks the same. . .
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:17pm queems:

but it's just numbers and color. also things feel like colors sometimes
  7:17pm Emily:

@queems really??? What kind? Tell us!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:18pm Tommy in Neversink:

This is fascinating
  7:18pm Emily:

@queems oh that’s so interesting!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:19pm queems:

i have a hard time dealing with numbers, but if i have to memorize them, i can typically do it by what colors they are
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:19pm queems:

letters too, but to a lesser extent
  7:20pm will from Seattle via mobile:

Idk if it’s synesthesia but i tend to associate orchestral strings with a lush field of green grass
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:21pm queems:

i think it's called grapheme
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:21pm Kat in Chicago:

I am bad with faces and it's caused me embarrassment, especially at work with people who I don't see often but am expected to recognize.
  7:21pm Kate:

@ queems, fascinating, I have no association of color with letters or numbers, just with sounds.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:22pm ultradamno:

Magic Eye
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:24pm Kat in Chicago:

Wow, I didn't know that about Chuck Close! That's fascinating.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:24pm queems:

@kate i always wondered what i would be like to see sounds!
Avatar 7:25pm JakeGould:

Chuck Close’s process is cool. He just draws a grid on a photo and each square is a thing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:25pm Richard S:

Here's a really interesting one: Cotard's Syndrome. Simply put, something messes with the part of your brain that deals with your identity. The result? You think you're dead.....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:25pm Tommy in Neversink:

Being a musician with a good background in theory I hear music in terms of numbers ..the home chord is one , the dominant chord if five....etc. I realize this is a much different thing .After so many years the numbers become those sounds too
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:25pm queems:

i just want to throw in that i miss pig talk
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:26pm Kat in Chicago:

I miss Bronwyn very much!
  7:26pm melinda:

I'm good with faces, and it took a while for me to figure out that not everyone is, that there is a spectrum.
  7:27pm Emily:

@melinda me too! For so long I was so offended when people didn’t recognize me back.
  7:27pm Kate:

That's wild. Dog faces yes. Human faces no.
  7:28pm Emily:

@ultradamno Magic Eye! Thank you.
  7:28pm Emily:

@Kate right?!?! That blew my mind
Avatar 7:28pm kimzilla:

I seriously cannot tell the differences between classically handsome dudes. They all look the same to me. It is always hard to differentiate them in movies.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:29pm melinda:

@Emily same here!
  7:29pm Kate:

@ kimzilla, now that makes perfect sense, its the same guy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:29pm ultradamno:

There was a period of about half a year that I kept seeing face appear as a plot element on a bunch of TV shows (Hannibal was one of them, so 2013) and then it just stopped. Odd how that happens.
Avatar 7:31pm JakeGould:

Here’s info on a Japanese museum of rocks that look like faces. www.thisiscolossal.com...
  7:31pm dez:

this is a fantastic episode! I have a kind of conflation with numbers and colors as well as a few with strong emotional cues. 8 and 9 are real assholes, especially to 4. 32 and 36 sound like dishes being broken.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:31pm Kat in Chicago:

@kimzilla I have a lot of difficulty recognizing actors from movie to movie. Also I get white guys with beards mixed up a lot.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:31pm melinda:

@Kimzilla I can tell them apart but I know what you mean. I've heard that conventional beauty is determined by facial symmetricality, so maybe the symmetry makes them more similar to one another, or just boring.
  7:31pm Emily:

@Jake I’ve seen that!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:32pm queems:

@kat all white guys with beards are the same guy, so it's fine
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:32pm Kat in Chicago:

wow dez!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:32pm ultradamno:

@Jake That's Pareidolia
  7:32pm Emily:

@dez Hahahah this is great.
  7:32pm Emily:

@queems Hahaha yes
Avatar 7:33pm kimzilla:

DEZ, what?? This is blowing my mind. How did we not talk about this before?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:33pm Kat in Chicago:

lol @queems! some of my best friends are white guys with beards, haha. but the ones I know less well, I get mixed up.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:33pm ultradamno:

twitter.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:34pm queems:

@kat i understand, i've dated like hundreds of them
  7:34pm Emily:

@melinda that makes sense, really—that facial symmetry makes a face more boring. I always feel like I focus on people’s anomalies or weird little bits, especially facially, and those are the things I LOVE about them.
Avatar 7:34pm kimzilla:

@Melinda, right? It's the generic symmetry that makes them less distinctive. Bronwyn talks about this a little later.
  7:34pm Emily:

@queems same
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:34pm melinda:

Oliver Sacks was face blind, and told a story about seeing what he assumed was his own reflection in a restaurant window, picking crumbs out of his beard and seeing that the reflection didn't do the same. Because it was another man on the other side of the window.
Avatar 7:35pm dale:

who can't sleep and shaves their head to kill time?
Avatar 7:36pm kimzilla:

@Jack I wish that museum was closer. I see faces in everything. It's fascinating.
  7:36pm Kate:

@ dale, the question of the night.
Avatar 7:36pm kimzilla:

@Dale, right?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:36pm melinda:

That must have been terrifying Bronwyn! The things we take for granted when we recognize faces.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:39pm melinda:

@Emily the people I find attractive are less symmetrical.
  7:40pm Kate:

the people I find attractive are less symmetrical in spirit too
  7:40pm will from Seattle via mobile:

Idk much about this, but I could see there being different gradations of face-blindness. my boyfriend is able to recognize people he knows, but he doesn’t remember faces well. I know other folks like that too
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:42pm melinda:

@will I think there are gradations.
  7:43pm dez:

I feel like it's related to learning numbers, especially multiplication. 1 is white and passive. 2 is black and helpful. 3 is yellow and the magic number ;).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:43pm Richard S:

There are so many things with gradiations.
Avatar 7:44pm JakeGould:

All Pomeranians look the same to me.
  7:44pm dez:

4 is red but totally defenseless. 5 is blue and awesome, everybody wants to be around 5. 6 doesn't like anyone, also yellow. 7 is very regal and purple. 8 and 9 like I said, total dicks, red as well which is why they shit on 4. older sibling type of thing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:44pm Kat in Chicago:

I would like to visit the magical number worlds of dez and queems
  7:45pm Emily:

@dez bahahahahahaAAaaaa
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:46pm Kat in Chicago:

I've had conversations with people who I totally thought were other people. Especially in bars/clubs.
Avatar 7:48pm JakeGould:

Sounds like Bronwyn’s condition is prone to fascism.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:48pm Kat in Chicago:

I only recently developed a wide social circle and I've also been working for larger companies, so I've been more aware that I have a slight issue with humans in this regard.
  7:49pm Dez:

my brother has a whole thing with numbers and personalities and how they interact
Avatar 7:49pm Hoboken Jack:

That is very cool about sports, I wouldn't have thought of that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:50pm Kat in Chicago:

me neither!
Avatar 7:52pm Hoboken Jack:

What's MY excuse for being so awkward?? :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:53pm Richard S:

I'm pretty OK with faces; it's names that I don't really remember.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:54pm Tommy in Neversink:

If I had it I would just respond to anyone who spoke to me very warmly. Just to be on the safe side
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:54pm melinda:

I'd love to see footage of Inside Edition following Bronwyn at the record fair!
  7:56pm Kate:

I guess WANTED posters aren't very helpful in these situations.
  7:57pm Kate:

Basil eyes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:58pm RomanDogBird:

jamesdevereaux.com...

i know you are but what am i
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:59pm melinda:

My sister knows someone with number synesthesia who said it made her feel like she was bad at math.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:59pm Richard S:

BYE!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:59pm melinda:

I love that Mamet was mistaken for Peewee.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:59pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Merry In Real Life Christmas!
  7:59pm Ochre Ogre:

Dr Jane Goodall has this afflction as well
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:09pm Ken From Hyde Park:

From the "Why didn't I think of this fifteen minutes ago?" department: Can Bronwyn tell people apart by the sound of their voices?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:12pm common:

Yay
Avatar 8:17pm Jeff Moore:

@KFHP: I think she said that's one of the clues she uses, didn't she?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:48am Ken From Hyde Park:

@Jeff - Ah, I probably missed that. Thanks,
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