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The Man Who Tasted Words

Renee Bright

It’s through the senses of taste, sight, hearing, smell, and touch that we perceive the world around us. But just how reliable, really, are those senses?

In a new book, author and neurologist Guy Leschziner explains how the five senses work with our brains to create what we understand to be reality. And here’s the thing: our brains don’t always get it right. A crossed wire here or there – say, in how you see or smell – can drastically change your experience of reality. Guy Leschziner joins us to share the stories of people whose lives were changed by senses that function atypically and to talk about how our senses mediate our experience of the world.

Guy Leschziner’s book is The Man Who Tasted Words: A Neurologist Explains the Strange and Startling World of Our Senses [Amazon|Indiebound].

Airdate: Friday, June 4, 2022 at 12 p.m. and Sat, June 4, 2022 at 11 a.m.