Neil Harbisson was born colorblind. He manages to overcome this “impairment” through an antenna implanted in his skull that allows him to “hear colors” (via bone conduction).
Neil says that this has changed the way he perceives.
He describes the process in an interesting way: he had to start by memorizing the names given to each color and the corresponding note, “after some time all this information became a perception, I did not have to think about the notes, and after some time this perception became a feeling“.
“When I started to dream in colors is when I do feel that the software and my brain were united. In my dreams it was my brain creating electronic sounds, it was not the software.” This is “when i started to feel like a cyborg“.
Felling like a cyborg, what does this mean exactly?
A cyborg dreaming sounds. I wonder if he usually experienced sounds in his dreams before becoming a cyborg.
“I start having a secondary effect: normal sounds started to become color. Listening to Mozart became a yellow experience“.
He is suggesting that Mozart its rather ‘monochromatic’. 🙂
And he ends the talk saying:
“Knowledge comes from our senses, so if we extend our senses we will consequently extend our knowledge.”
Play a vibration in the rhythm of your limbs
Play a vibration in the rhythm of your cells
Play a vibration in the rhythm of your molecules
Play a vibration in the rhythm of your atoms
Play a vibration in the rhythm of your smallest particles
which your inner ear can reach
Change slowly from one rhythm to another
until you become freer
Most of them do not know what has happened and, if questioned, have no answer; but they hurry to be there where most other people are. There is a determination in their movement which is quite different from the expression of ordinary curiosity.
It seems as though the movement of some of them transmits itself to the others. But that is not all; they have a goal which is there before they can find words for it. The goal is the blackest spot where most people are gathered.