It’s all about perception (as usual)

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Color Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

Posted by JacobSloan on September 6, 2011

vintage-color-wheel-6We think of a physical object’s being a certain “color” as a solid, immutable property (grass is green, lemons are yellow, et cetera). However, the way our brains see and process color is largely determined by the language we learned as an infant.

Case in point: the Himba tribe of remote northern Namibia, to whom water looks “white” like milk and the sky looks “black” like coal, and who struggle to distinguish between blue and green, yet can easily pick out micro-shades which Americans cannot see. Via BBC Horizon, a reminder that the world looks different to everyone:

(And on and on and on. Why didn’t I write a book about all of this so many years ago?)

Note: Spotted the weird green in 2 seconds 😛 It’s olive(ish)

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