Connecting Wires I
The experience of realizing I have aphantasia. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I haven’t been this sure of something in a long time: my mind’s eye is blind.
Black. Blank. Barren. Empty. I pulled those words from somewhere, as I always have, reaching for them in the invisible chasm that is my brain. It’s called aphantasia, if you’re curious, and I wouldn’t bring it up if I didn’t think it was illustrative for you.
(Not to worry, stick to the end for a preview of other stories I’ve been working on.)
In practical terms, it means that if I say to you, “Imagine a yellow Porsche 911,” your mind should be able to, quite clearly, be able to conjure up a yellow 911 parked, oh, I don’t know, beside a red taco truck overlooking the ocean. There are surfers in the distance, and the shoreline stretches beyond the horizon in either direction.
Me? If I try to “picture” the above, it’s closer to a word cloud written in black ink, floating in star-less space. It’s no better when I’m drawing from memory: I can think of the one time a former colleague, Matt Bubbers, had a canary gold …
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