Monday, 2 March 2015

No One Could See The Color Blue Until Modern Times

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This isn't another story about that dress, or at least, not really. It's about the way that humans see the world, and how until we have a way to describe something, even something so fundamental as a color, we may not even notice that it's there.

Until relatively recently in human history, 'blue' didn't exist, not in the way we think of it. Ancient languages didn't have a word for blue - not Greek, not Chinese, not Japanese, not Hebrew. And without a word for the color, there's evidence that they may not have seen it at all.

1 comment(s):

Anonymous said...

That is fascinating. I have often wondered if we all even see color the same way. It never even occurred to me that color vision was an ongoing evolutionary adaptation. Maybe our distant offspring will be able to see ultra violet and infrared.