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Do you see what I see? - Illusion of Colors (Animated Infographic)

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You see an apple as red. Your friend will also agree with you.
But how do you know that he sees the exact same red as you do?

Colors we see are just a simulation in our brains.
When light lands on an object, the object absorbs most of it and reflects some of the light at a specific frequency level.
These light waves trigger the three types of frequency sensitive cells in our eyes and signal the brain. Then our brains decide the color that we see. The number and the composition of these cells which identifies the light varies from one person to another.

Does this mean that we see colors differently from one another?

When we were kids, we learned all these names of colors because of our adults. As the parents mention the colors, a baby memorizes it in his own way. As long as he lives, he sees the color as he memorized in his childhood.

The sky you see might look totally different to the person next to you. There’s no way of knowing such differences, because we can’t explain colors to another person. It’s like explaining
Our language is not advanced enough to communicate it.

But how most of the people find colors with same specific emotions?
For instance, red represents energy and danger. Blue is a calming and a relaxing color.

This is again a trick which our brains play. We learn these from the things around us.

Let’s say, you see fire. The first thing you feel is danger. Isn’t it?
it means, no matter in what color we see the fire, we incorporate that color with danger and energy.

When we say nature, first thing comes to our mind is trees and plants. So the color we see the trees, we incorporate that with nature.

This means two people can see a color differently and feel the same emotion….

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I don't think any of this, one person's red is another person's blue, is true at all. If that were the case then some people would think green would be a hot color since their red would be blue. If their entire perception of color is shifted then there will be some colors that would be out of reach to see. This is called color blindness. I suffer from this disability. Sorry that I can't convey this properly but I find this info piece rather insulting.

I like the simplistic artwork though.

Sorry, I always thought red was calming... and one day I will feed it the world!!!!

RedOwlCS responds:

What about blue? ;)

My take on the topic. I mostly agree with the video. Most people see colours as the same or at least similar. So we have common names for the colours. What you missed though, if someone has a "wrong" or skewed colourperception, this is easy to find out: The colour names have assocaited wavelengths. Go through the whole spectrum with that person and you can find out what they see.

Since color - emotion connection is not 100% nurture and is also some high percent nature, we can safely assume that we all see colors pretty similarly. Of course nothing in this world is identical except (probably) elementary particles, but as with everything about humans - there are common things and there are difference, but there is more that is common, than there is the different, otherwise we would not have our identity as species.

RedOwlCS responds:

That might be true! But the mystery is there's no way of proving it. :)

Another awesome and informative video! I really liked how you experimented with the color effects in this video, it made it clearer how people that are colorblind could roughly see the colors and it was overall smooth.
Keep this up, as always! Also, you have a new narrator now ? ^_^

RedOwlCS responds:

Thanks a lot! yeah I changed the narrator because I got few suggestions to use a more energetic voice. I hope this worked. ;) Support my youtube channel too if possible! Really appreciate it. :)

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Oct 26, 2018
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