What's the point of colour?

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05/12/2012 at 10:13

There was an interesting program on colour that showed that how you are bought up has an aspect on how you see colour. There is a small tribe somewhere in Africa that categorises colour v. differently to how the rest of the world does. They grouped colours together that we would see as v. different. They did an experiment with different shades of blue-green. They had a circle with 12 or so different segments and one segment was a different colour to the rest. On one set there was a v. slight difference that the rest of us would struggle to spot immediately that they saw straight away. Another set had colours that we could immediately spot as different but that the people from this tribe didn't see as clearly.

So maybe the way we see colour is determined by how we're told they are categorised as blue, green, red etc. Maybe thousands of years ago we would have seen them differently depending on where we were living but now we are much more homogenised.

05/12/2012 at 15:49

As a Newcaslte fan, colour is very important. It helps me work out who the opposition are...

05/12/2012 at 16:09

Like colour doesn't inherently exist, neither does Newcastle football club.

There's a statement eh?

Colour is only produced in the mind, just like football clubs.

I'm a Geordie btw; my brother is a rabid Newcastle supporter.

05/12/2012 at 16:23
Easy.Does.It wrote (see)

Like colour doesn't inherently exist, neither does Newcastle football club.

There's a statement eh?

Colour is only produced in the mind, just like football clubs.

I'm a Geordie btw; my brother is a rabid Newcastle supporter.

There's no such county as Yorkshire either. It's West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, East Yorkshire and North Yorkshire.

05/12/2012 at 17:41

Easy does it....

Its in the heart, not the mind!

05/12/2012 at 17:48

The world would be very boring in black and white.

05/12/2012 at 20:23

I work for a company who's name is the same as a colour, but the logo is in a different colour.  I get confused.  Its a bit like one of those experiments where you have to read the colour Red when it is written in Blue text

17/12/2012 at 08:42

You work for Pink?

17/12/2012 at 14:09
Barkles wrote (see)

Easy does it....

Its in the heart, not the mind!

I'm afraid colour most definatly only exists in conceptual minds, though I'm guessing you're using colour as a metaphor for 'experience' and relating it to the heart.  You know we used to relate different feelings to different internal organs?  The spleen, for example, was thought to be related to anger, hence we have the saying 'to vent my spleen'.

But really, it's all in the mind.

Edited: 17/12/2012 at 14:10

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