My Color Perception Theory

 Dave (@birdwolf) 7 years, 10 months ago

Hello, this is my first post here at HighExistence. I’ve been a fan of the site for a few months and decided to make an account.

About a year ago I asked myself “Is there the possibility that each human sees color differently?” To explain, consider this… As we are young and taught our colors, our parents or teachers basically pointed to colors and said ‘This is blue…this is red…white…’ etc. Is it possible that the colors the eye picks up is perceived by each person differently? We all can agree what yellow and green is, but who’s to say we are truly seeing the same exact color? An example of this is the ocean. We all agree that the ocean is blue, but what if some people see the ocean as what we call red, or orange, but since the ocean’s color is blue, we call that blue. The world would indeed look strange if we saw grass as pink, or trees as orange, but perhaps some people see the world this way every day and is completely natural to them. This could be the reason some people see the world as more beautiful than others. This could also raise the question of what exactly is one’s favorite color. I look forward to reading your opinions about my theory.

December 7, 2013 at 3:08 am
DeepWithin (120) (@deepwithin) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@birdwolf, Well, we do perceive color differently. But in extreme occasions it’s either called color blindness, or a mental disorder. It’s not like there is many people just walking around thinking blue is pink, or whatever, without at some point being made aware that it’s not ‘normal’. You encounter many ‘color comparison’ situations throughout your childhood, so it’s practically impossible to not be aware of a condition like this.

We also have a pretty accurate general interpretation of how the colors look. If you were to make 100 people take a color comparison test, the test would reveal that most people have an almost identical understanding of what is blue, yellow, green, etc. Except for the occasional colorblind person or a person with some kind of mental disorder.

Now, like I said, I think that each one of us perceive colors a little bit different. Not much, but a little bit. But that tiny variation might mean a lot. So, i.g. my perception of reality, how I see my world, might be much more vibrant than somebody else’s somewhat more dull perception of reality. This I tend to ponder on.

I’ve done very little reading about this topic, so everything I’m saying is just thoughts of reflection. There must be some kind of study/experiment on this… Interesting.

Kris (328) (@kjbaran) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

My mate has asked me the very same question, for she is an artist as well. Of course perceptions are different, but if you could wear someones eyes like a pair of glasses, would the color be off? We both seem to agree it would :)

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