Cross-references To hear a sight,
or smell a sound,
or taste a color,
or touch a flavor,
or see a scent…
These are not the ways our brains usually process information coming from our specialized receptors. Yet, we can imagine them based on cross-referencing all those senses, and events we have experienced. Sometimes we do it intentionally, and sometimes we are not aware that we do it. That is why an image of a country meadow and one of a congested thoroughfare not only look different, but they sound and smell and tatse and feel different. Our brains make those cross-references like footnotes to events we experience. That is why, when recalling those events we refer to some as “sweet memories” and others encounters as having “left a bitter taste”, even though neither may have involved the ingestion of food or drink.