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Cheque not transferrable

Posted September 28th, 2009 at 12:19 AM by Citrinin
Updated October 13th, 2009 at 01:55 AM by Citrinin

Describe red to a blind person that doesn't understand physics.

You can't. You could give the definition that it is electromagnetic radiation from some wavelength to some other wavelength, but that's hardly a satisfying definition to people who don't know much about physics. It also doesn't allow them to visualise red.

You could describe the emotions it evokes, but the emotional/cultural aspect of red is only one component. There is still a visual component.

You could describe the things that are red, but again, that doesn't really work, either, because it doesn't do anything to extrapolate the concept.

So, you really can't describe the visual component of red properly to a person who has never experienced it. The knowledge is not transferrable by words.

And that really bugs me. :[
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  1. Old Comment
    Guillermo's Avatar
    You could make them drink red cordial.
    Posted September 28th, 2009 at 12:22 AM by Guillermo Guillermo is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Citrinin's Avatar
    Well, that's one strategy. It wouldn't get the visualisation of red in their head, though. :[
    Posted September 28th, 2009 at 12:29 AM by Citrinin Citrinin is offline
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    Guillermo's Avatar
    You can't get any visualisation in their head about anything if they're blind and haven't seen it before.
    Posted September 28th, 2009 at 12:31 AM by Guillermo Guillermo is offline
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    Citrinin's Avatar
    Exactly. Red was an example of that. >: Words are my friends, and it bugs me that I can't transfer the knowledge. XD;
    Posted September 28th, 2009 at 12:50 AM by Citrinin Citrinin is offline
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    Forever's Avatar
    I never thought about that before.
    Posted September 28th, 2009 at 12:50 AM by Forever Forever is offline
  6. Old Comment
    Citrinin's Avatar
    XD; Glad I could put a new idea in someone's head. ^^;
    Posted September 28th, 2009 at 12:51 AM by Citrinin Citrinin is offline
  7. Old Comment
    Guillermo's Avatar
    Putting an idea in Nica's head isn't hard to do. :[
    Posted September 28th, 2009 at 08:16 AM by Guillermo Guillermo is offline
  8. Old Comment
    Citrinin's Avatar
    Moment stealer. XD;
    Posted September 28th, 2009 at 01:59 PM by Citrinin Citrinin is offline
  9. Old Comment
    s0nido's Avatar
    Wow, this is...eye-opening. Thank God I'm not blind, because if I were, then I wouldn't be able to have a favourite colour. :[
    Posted September 28th, 2009 at 03:28 PM by s0nido s0nido is offline
  10. Old Comment
    Citrinin's Avatar
    I know. D: That would suck. >_<'
    Posted September 28th, 2009 at 04:41 PM by Citrinin Citrinin is offline
  11. Old Comment
    Feign's Avatar
    *puts Citrinin back in his puppeteer cave* The shadows are pretty, yes?
    Posted September 28th, 2009 at 08:13 PM by Feign Feign is offline
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    Bay Alexison's Avatar
    Red, red red...

    Don't make this gentleman think of Vampire Knight. :< In all seriousness though, interesting thought there. Besides, red is a pretty cool color. D:
    Posted September 28th, 2009 at 08:26 PM by Bay Alexison Bay Alexison is offline
  13. Old Comment
    Citrinin's Avatar
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Feign
    *puts Citrinin back in his puppeteer cave* The shadows are pretty, yes?
    ;o;

    I WANT COLOUR. D:

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Bay
    Don't make this gentleman think of Vampire Knight. :<
    You're really getting into calling yourself a gentleman, aren't you? XDD;

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Bay
    In all seriousness though, interesting thought there.
    Thanks. :D

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Bay
    Besides, red is a pretty cool color. D:
    I know. Especially the alizarin shade. :D
    Posted September 28th, 2009 at 08:31 PM by Citrinin Citrinin is offline
  14. Old Comment
    I read something about a guy who was colorblind make something so that he could hear colors.
    Posted September 29th, 2009 at 03:07 PM by Vigilante Vigilante is offline
  15. Old Comment
    Citrinin's Avatar
    Synaesthesia as a way around sense depravity... now that's an interesting idea. c:
    Posted September 29th, 2009 at 03:37 PM by Citrinin Citrinin is offline
 

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