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Yes, but I'm making more of a philosophical point which is that the "experience" that my brain calls "green" - i.e. the way it responds to the presence of light in the green part of the spectrum - may be totally different to what another person calls 'green'. So what I call green might in fact be yellow in another person's head. But because we are brought up knowing this colour is green, that is what we call it. The experience that your brain generates for you when you look at something called 'green' may however, be totally different to that which my brain produces for me. But there is no way we can ever know !Individuals with synaesthesia can appreciate what I am talking about (although I (sadly) don't have it myself). In this 'condition' there is presumably some mis-wiring in the brain that enables people with synaesthesia to, for example, taste shapes, hear colours or feel words, as well as experiencing them the 'normal' way that you or I do.Chris"I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception" - Groucho Marx
You may have been taught when you were little that this colour here (whilst it is pointed to) is called blue. But what if you see a different colour to the person who taught you that but call it the same name?
But a child who has never been taught the 'names' of the colours would still distinguish between a blue door with food behind it and a red one which hasn't and learn the difference.
Quote from: sophiecentaur on 18/06/2009 11:59:08But a child who has never been taught the 'names' of the colours would still distinguish between a blue door with food behind it and a red one which hasn't and learn the difference. yes, but would that door be blue and that one be red or would that door and that door just be different?
Don't think so.
See, this man clearly has a red face
Quote from: Chemistry4me on 22/06/2009 11:22:28Don't think so.why?Sorry if I'm annoying you all but I've always been a very curious person.
Quote from: Shadow on 22/06/2009 11:28:50Quote from: Chemistry4me on 22/06/2009 11:22:28Don't think so.why?Sorry if I'm annoying you all but I've always been a very curious person.You'd think that someone would notice the difference by now.
I'm not talking about what we call it. I am talking about how we actually see it. Is there any way in knowing for sure that what we see is the same to everyone else, no matter what we call it? What I see and call green may be the colour you see and call pink.
I see what you mean Shadow. Is a red car's colour in my head the same as in another person's head? Is it the same red for all of us?