Bird Brains Hint At The Origins Of Our Sense Of Color

NATHANIEL SCHARPING | August 1, 2018

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It’s an age-old stoner question, and while it might not ever be possible to find a conclusive answer, it does touch on a fundamental mystery for linguists and neuroscientists alike. Where do colors come from? Not the physical colors themselves, of course – that’s just different wavelengths of light. But where do the categories that we fit those perceptible wavelengths into come from? Most cultures possess words for colors, but the number of colors we divide the spectrum into varies wildly. Some languages possess words for only two or three, while in today’s world of Sherwin-Williams color inflation we have thousands. What’s the difference between vegan and frosted emerald anyway?

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