"New" colours possible?

genein genein at worldnet.att.net
Tue Oct 30 17:10:05 EST 2001

"Urs Enke" <urs.enke at web.de> wrote in message
news:9rn4t1$2nr$1 at nets3.rz.RWTH-Aachen.DE...
> For some years now I've wondered
> -- whether the (red-green-blue-mixable) colours we know are all there are in
> this universe, and if not,
> -- whether it might be possible to neurologically change the visual cortex
> (or whatever necessary) to create the sensation of other colours, and
> -- whether there has been any research suggesting that other animals are
> actually seeing different colours than we do.
> I am neither talking of broadening the EM-spectrum we can see by changing
> the eyes' perception (as this would supposedly simply distribute our known
> "rainbow colors" over that new spectrum), nor of mixing pseudo-new colours
> from the base colours that we already know. Also, I wouldn't consider any
> eye-related limitations essential, as I really mean directly tapping into
> one's brain.
> I'd be glad to get any feedback, be it on physical possibility, neurological
> practicability or philosophical thoughts. Thanks in advance for brightening
> or dimming my hopes to see "Color X" before I die... ;-)
> Urs
> PS: Maybe someone even has information on people reporting previously
> unknown ("unmixable") colours after having been under the influence of
> drugs...?

all colors originate in the mind, the universe is devoid of colors as we know
them, it contains only light waves and particles...it is essential that
lifeforms perceive in "color" and so it developed....as for other life forms
including insects, i don't believe there is much research in that area but
insects may well see one or two colors and most likely could correspond with
the color we see but not exactly since the "equipment" is somewhat

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