Many thanks to my brother, Owen (a.k.a. Stanley Forbes), for introducing me to the great Huun Huur Tu, who are folk musicians from the Tyva Republic.
Here they are at the Philadelphia Folk Festival in August, 2006, demonstrating “sygyt” (or “whistle”), which is one of three different Tyvan throat-singing styles. The video is courtesy of tantsev and YouTube. It’s quite amazing, I think.
Wonderfully-titled and very interesting documentary on synaesthesia, courtesy of Google videos.
To see how this relates to the psychological/ philosophical functionalist theory of consciousness, you might want to see this part of the essay I uploaded a while ago onto this site. If I’m right, synaesthesia might be a key way of testing (and refuting) functionalist theories of consciousness.
Note: the possible refutation itself comes from Jeffrey Gray et al’s series of empirical psychological papers from the early 2000s – you can get a flavour of these by typing in his name and “synesthesia” into a search engine. You could also read The Phenomenology of Synaesthesia by VS Ramachandran and EM Hubbard (April, 2003).
Chris Panza appears more than half-persuaded by the central argument for moral objectivism in Charles Taylor’s essay, Sources of the Self, which seems to turn on a phenomenological account of what it means to be human.