"New" colours possible?

Bernard bvbooth at yahoo.comBUTNOTTHISBIT
Tue Oct 30 23:42:40 EST 2001


"Richard Norman" <rsnorman at mediaone.net> wrote in message
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> On Wed, 31 Oct 2001 02:41:32 GMT, bbruner at uclink4.berkeley.edu (Bob)
> wrote:
>
> >Just to add a brief comment to all the good stuff already posted...
> >Apparently two different "red" receptors are known in humans, with
> >slightly different wavelength responses. So, genetically determined,
> >different people see color differently. (I can probably find a
> >reference for that, if someone wants to look it up.)
> >
> Not at all.  You siimply have determined that different people
> have slightly different mechanisms to see color.  It says
> nothing whatsoever about whether they see the colors
> differently or not.

Well, if you don't have the mechanisms in place to see with sufficient
discrimination the colours that someone else is able to percieve then those
colours would surely be "new" to you if you were able to distinguish them,
perhaps training your eyes/mind to see these colours just as one can train
one's ear to hear specific notes within a piece of music or to tell musical
intervals, it's not so much training to hear with the ear but to distinguish
with the mind.

not a neurologist, not a physicist, just a guy

B.





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