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Blind people + colors = ?

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Boldcommander

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new Posted: 07:53PM Apr 3, 2013

I have a question for you that's very difficult, but trust me, it's possible. How would you describe colors to a blind person? I've figured out a way, but I don't want to say it yet.
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kitty-cattus

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new Posted: 09:37AM Apr 4, 2013

I've thought about that too (don't know why), and it depends if they've been blind from birth or not. If so, probably just what the emotions associated with them are. Red is anger/passion, green is peaceful, etc.

"I'm through accepting limits cause someone says they're so. Some things I cannot change, but til I try I'll never know." -Wicked
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Thekid4t

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new Posted: 02:17PM Apr 4, 2013

Go really scientific and explain wavelengths and such. It's the only way they could understand.

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Ihmisen*

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new Posted: 10:05PM Apr 9, 2013

It's a method of distinguishing visual elements, similar to how pitches can distinguish auditory elements.
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Smithy*en

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new Posted: 04:32AM Apr 10, 2013

If they've been blind since birth, I doubt it's possible, assuming you mean the experiencing of colours rather than the scientific explanation for them.

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JQPublic

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new Posted: 09:22AM Apr 10, 2013

Boldcommander wrote:
I have a question for you that's very difficult, but trust me, it's possible. How would you describe colors to a blind person? I've figured out a way, but I don't want to say it yet.


Thanks to the suspence, I'm dying a slow death right now. Can you reveal it?


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Thekid4t

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new Posted: 02:49PM Apr 10, 2013

I once met a guy who is married to somebody who is completely blind and has been since birth. He asked her what she saw, and she replied, "nothing." He then asked her what she meant by "nothing" and if she meant darkness. She replied, "I don't know what 'darkness' is."

So there you have it. You cannot explain to them, because they will not understand your explanation.


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Smithy*en

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new Posted: 03:04PM Apr 10, 2013

Could you even explain what seeing is?

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Thekid4t

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new Posted: 04:17PM Apr 11, 2013

Exactly.

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kitty-cattus

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new Posted: 01:16PM Apr 12, 2013

Seeing is receiving signals from the air that show you what's happening in front and to the side of you. And you see a picture in your brain.

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Thekid4t

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new Posted: 03:58PM Apr 12, 2013

They have no idea what a picture is!

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kitty-cattus

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new Posted: 11:33AM Apr 13, 2013

Well, forget that last sentence then. The first sentence is better anyway.

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Boldcommander

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new Posted: 03:16PM Apr 13, 2013

Just let them relate to to the colors with either heat, or emotions. For example, red is mad, love, or lust. Yellow is happy (most smiley faces are yellow), blue is sad, etc.
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Thekid4t

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new Posted: 04:46PM Apr 13, 2013

They would not be able to understand any of that. Remember that these people have never seen a single color in their lives.

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Innovative*ca

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new Posted: 07:54PM Apr 13, 2013


Well.

Imagine this- My red is your blue.

Your green is my orange. Everything we see colour-wise is different. We have never been able to determine this truth, so we don't know how to communicate colors. We were hardwired one thing is something else. My red for anger could be your blue for anger.

Colours cannot be verbally described, end of topic.


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JQPublic

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new Posted: 08:49PM Apr 13, 2013

Innovative wrote:

Well.

Imagine this- My red is your blue.

Your green is my orange. Everything we see colour-wise is different. We have never been able to determine this truth, so we don't know how to communicate colors. We were hardwired one thing is something else. My red for anger could be your blue for anger.

Colours cannot be verbally described, end of topic.


True. I've read an article on Life's Little Mysteries saying just that.


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The_SpiderAus

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new Posted: 10:03AM Aug 26, 2013

I've been thinking about this a little.

Would/Do blind people even recognize the eye as an area that should be perceiving something but isnt? Obviously they are taught that they are blind and cannot see and that their eyes should be seeing, but would they recognize that without being told? Are the eyes to a blind person the same as us trying to perceive seeing out of our chest or hands or whatever, they simply percieve nothing at all and don't even recognize the eye as a malfunctioning area?

Or alternatively, do they see some form of 'nothing'. Though it would be impossible for us to communicate 'darkness' or 'blackness' to them, so would they have a tough time explaining it to us. Maybe to them 'seeing nothing' is what we would describe as darkness.


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