Questioning the Color Spectrum

chubbs (@bandit121) 9 years, 8 months ago

My friends and i were arguing about the color spectrum tonight.

The debate was whether or not an alternate color spectrum’s exists aside from the white-to-black and rainbow color spectrum’s. Perhaps there is a completely different rainbow of colors that we have never seen before because we either don’t have the ability with our eyes or maybe this alternate color spectrum only exists in a parallel universe or a different dimension. Anyway, what are your thoughts on colors that may exist outside the rainbow we know of ? i am curious to hear all your thoughts!

May 21, 2012 at 12:59 am
pat (169) (@epath) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

Some cultures do not distinguish between some types of red…some people really can’t see a whole range of colors, so yes, i think you could be right.

R.V. Star (151) (@rickvonstar) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

certain insects like bees see in UV light, we would have no way of knowing what this actually looks like. supposedly it might be a very deep purple, but that’s just the way our eyes are set up and the idea of what color it would be is an extrapolation (i think)

scary right? the visible spectrum is something like less than 1% of 1% of all electromagnetic radiation.

Jackson (10) (@youarewhatyoueat) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

I have always wondered if the color blue that i see, actually looks like yellow to you, but it always has(your whole life) and therefore you have always called my yellow, blue, and i call your blue, yellow. we will never know if the color red that i see is perceived as the same red by you.

Anyone understand what im saying?

Kevin (12) (@mongie52) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

YOOO i ALWAYSSS think that !!!! when i saw this thread i was thinking about trying to explain it and then i scrolled down and bam. Glad to see someone else has thought about that before :D

Anonymous (2,654) (@) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@youarewhatyoueat, Absolutely not.

Cogito (25) (@cogito) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@youarewhatyoueat, Yeah I know what you mean, like we look at an apple and call it red. But that’s because we’ve learned the color red by association, so there is no way to tell if the color precieved varies between individuals. For instance what everyone calls purple might be what some people see an apple as and what everyone calls green some people might percieve as being the color of the sky, yet call it blue because that’s how they’ve learned it as. There is no way to prove if there is multi-colored spectrums between the individual.

Anonymous (2,833) (@) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@bandit121, To be honest, I’m in the realm of thinking that violet to red is the full spectrum of possibly visible colors.

What I mean by that is, I think that there could be no “new” colors to consciously observe.

Think about it; You can go from red to violet with ease in color transitions, right? You can also see the transition from violet->red directly. Violet is just blue and red, as you move to red, you lose blue, giving a smooth transition from

Red -> orange -> yellow -> green -> blue -> violet -> Back to red

There is no missing link here, and additional colors would not be so… elegant as this.

Physically speaking, there is the entire electromagnetic spectrum which goes from waves light years in length, to cosmic rays, the most energetic. We could somehow perceive these with additional photo-cells in the eye, but I don’t think the mind could come up with “new” colors to contribute to them.

But, as @cogito, is getting at, I believe that the 5 senses, due to their extreme subjectivity (how can you describe green to a blind man? or a song to a deaf woman?) really displays that there is something very fundamentally profound to consciousness.

aidan (16) (@akira808) 6 years, 12 months ago ago

i imagined reading this in a voice over by alan watts. You sound wise

Anonymous (2,654) (@) 9 years, 8 months ago ago
mamadragon (17) (@mamadragon) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

this is indeed an interesting idea. that all different animals and insects see a different rainbow than we do. does anyone know of a site that shows the different spectrums that can be seen? im sure that we can find this on google somewhere.

jjj (32) (@crackedout6pack) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

There’s an interesting documentary I watched and the conclusion there was that colours are all imaginary and based on the words that we use to classify them. How we intensify and dull the colours unconsciously. I dont know if you’ve ever noticed after meditation when you open your eyes everything looks kinda different? Like saturated almost. I know it definitely happens when its sunny but theres obviously an explanation for that.
There was even the sugggestion that they dont even exist, which is a weird thing to get your head around.

agoldman97 (13) (@agoldman97) 6 years, 12 months ago ago

We (humans) can see approximately 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum. We denote this region that we can perceive as “Visible Light.” Every frequency in that region corresponds to a different color. Some other animals, such as the Mantis Shrimp, can see portions of infrared or ultraviolet light. If we could perceive these wavelengths, they would appear to us as extensions of the rainbow. In effect, there are 99 other “spectrums” equally as complex as the one we know.

Anonymous (2) (@) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

Dolphins use more brain power than anything else and they can see solar waves can’t they ? Man you need to watch ‘Lucy’ when you can. You will love it!!!!

Crazy Bag Lady (1) (@CrazyBagLady) 6 years, 10 months ago ago

Colour is what ever you want to see it as, everyone has different perceptions

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