Do we all see the same color?

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  1. TravelMonkey profile image61
    TravelMonkeyposted 12 years ago

    Is it physically possible that when one person looks at a green apple, they see the apple as blue but call the apple green due to being taught that way as a child - do we all see the colour green or any colour as the same thing?

    1. Davinagirl3 profile image61
      Davinagirl3posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Believe it or not, I use to ponder this very question.  I guess the world will never know.  Maybe, the proof that we all see the same colors is with those who are color blind.

  2. brad4l profile image80
    brad4lposted 12 years ago

    I think in the case of those who are color blind, colors are often learned in this manner, where even though to them the apple is brown, they can tell that it is "green" and not red.

  3. kerryg profile image86
    kerrygposted 12 years ago

    I've often wondered the same thing. It might account for some people's taste. wink

  4. TravelMonkey profile image61
    TravelMonkeyposted 12 years ago

    That might be the reason why some people have good taste

  5. seemorebangkok profile image61
    seemorebangkokposted 12 years ago

    I would say we see different hues and shades of the same colors but essentialy blue is blue.

    However, it could happen that a teacher or whoever would teach a child that a green apple is really blue, but it's unlikely.

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    inet4moneyposted 12 years ago

    Great question. I often wondered that and anyone I ask say "of course we see the same thing". I am not 100% sure we do. I agree we could teach kids at early ages that "blue" is "brown" and vise versa. But boy, that would mess up some kids heads. The next question is, how can we tell if we see the same thing or not?

  7. blondepoet profile image37
    blondepoetposted 12 years ago

    My friend who is colour blind actually got sacked from picking tomatoes, he gets reds and greens esp muddled up, he was told to pick the tomatoes when red but he was plucking the greens. I will never forget the day he picked up a brown venemous snake and he was waving it around, he thought it was a green tree snake, oh boy, I ran away a million miles an hour ROFL>

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      sandra rinckposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      lol did anyone tell him?

      1. blondepoet profile image37
        blondepoetposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Yes lol I told him before I ran for smile

  8. BristolBoy profile image72
    BristolBoyposted 12 years ago

    This is a problem I have often thought about.  The colour I see as red you may see as brown, but we all call it blue because that is the way we were brought up (that make sense?).  Guess it is one of those philosophical questions which would make a good research project, although how you would test it I have no idea!

    1. Davinagirl3 profile image61
      Davinagirl3posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Test the color blind. I have a feeling therein lies the key.

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    annvansposted 12 years ago

    I am forever telling people in my family who claim to be color blind that they aren't.  They probably are, but they will say something is purple when it is grey.  Sometimes there is a grey that looks purple in a sense.  I keep telling them they just don't know how to tell colors rather than being color blind. 

    There are blacks that have a green hue base color and they will say that it is green.  I guess in a sense it is, but they only seem to see a base in it, not the actual color.

  10. maggs224 profile image82
    maggs224posted 12 years ago

    I have often thought about this and I don't know how we could test this. As long as we call the colour by the name assigned to it when we learnt our colours then even if six people were seeing different things but always called that colour by the name assigned to it then it would seem logical to assume that we are all seeing the same colour but of course that is not necessarily so is it. All we are doing is consistently calling that colour by the same name which does not show what we see but only what we call what we see. Boy all this thinking makes your head ache lol

  11. Lisa HW profile image65
    Lisa HWposted 12 years ago

    Years ago ABC News did a program on how drug and alcohol use can affect people.  They said how after some length of time people can start viewing the world in a kind of gray-looking tone, rather than in vivid colors.  They showed an example by dulling the colors of the image viewers were seeing.

    Maybe (assuming what the ABC program presented was accurate) brain-cell loss from substance abuse isn't the only thing that can contribute to differences in how vividly colors are viewed by people.


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