Poll: Do unseen colours exist?
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View poll results: Do unseen colours exist?
Yes
315 61%
No
119 23%
Undecided/I don't know
82 16%
Voters: 516.
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#1
Try and think of a colour you've never seen before.
Can you do it?

No? I can't either.


Does anyone here believe that unseen colours exist, or does the human eye have the ability to see them all?

Discuss.
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#3
ive thought about this many times
its interesting, the only reason you cant create another colour is because the humman mind isnt that good, we cant imagine anything brand new its all taken from things we know of and a new colour cant be taken from another colour
#4
They exist, but we can't see them.

Due to not being able to see them, we cannot imagine them.

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#5
Yes they do. the human eye simply cannot pick them up
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#8
What if when you see blue other people actualy see that as green? How do you know that your perception of a colour is the same as everyone elses? MIND****
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#10
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What if when you see blue other people actualy see that as green? How do you know that your perception of a colour is the same as everyone elses? MIND****



ive also though about this to
#11
ultraviolet and infrared parts of the colour spctrum i think
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#12
Everytime somebody ask me what my favorite color is I say "clear" just to mess with them.
But honestly, I think that's the only "color" that you can't really see(I suck at science so I know theres way more then that). The air in front of you, the color of a glass window, I refer to it as "clear", but really, what color would you label that as, if any?
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#14
How can we learn new colors, that we don't know about, we use nature as a reference.


Ah i don't know..
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#15
Yes. Except we call them fancy names like microwaves and infrared.
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#19
Quote by Ripper_66
What if when you see blue other people actualy see that as green? How do you know that your perception of a colour is the same as everyone elses? MIND****


That's very true. If people can be color blind, I don't see why this can't be a possibility.
#20
Colors are just different spectrums of light. This being said infrared and gamma light rays are technically unseen "colors".
#21
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#22
Colours don't exist, at all. It is simply the way your brain (not your eye) labels different wavelengths of light.
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+1

reading the OP made my head hurt....
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#25
Quote by CoreysMonster
you've never opened a single physics book in your life, have you?

As sound and light are both waves in matter or a vacuum, theoretically if you could keep adding octaves to the higher register of a piano, pressing a high enough key would produce visible light.

So I guess the question is whether there are "colours" - that is, categories - of electromagnetic radiation outside of the range of visible light.

The answer is ... Google.
#26
Quote by ArcadianWarrior
Everytime somebody ask me what my favorite color is I say "clear" just to mess with them.
But honestly, I think that's the only "color" that you can't really see(I suck at science so I know theres way more then that). The air in front of you, the color of a glass window, I refer to it as "clear", but really, what color would you label that as, if any?

clear is basically the absense of an obstruction of light behind it while travelling to your eyes.
when you look through the window, light passes through it. it does not reflect light, thus it has no color.

Quote by blue_strat
As sound and light are both waves in matter or a vacuum, theoretically if you could keep adding octaves to the higher register of a piano, pressing a high enough key would produce visible light.

So I guess the question is whether there are "colours" - that is, categories - of electromagnetic radiation outside of the range of visible light.

The answer is ... Google.


I don't think this is possible, due to light being much more complex than the simple kinetic sonic wave. light travels both in waves and in particles simultaniously, so it's definately not the same as sound. and there is tons of low-frequency radiation around us, yet we cannot hear it, because our ears only hear kinetic waves, not electromagnetic or light waves.
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#27
Quote by blue_strat
As sound and light are both waves in matter or a vacuum, theoretically if you could keep adding octaves to the higher register of a piano, pressing a high enough key would produce visible light.

So I guess the question is whether there are "colours" - that is, categories - of electromagnetic radiation outside of the range of visible light.

The answer is ... Google.
Sound waves =/= EM radiation.



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#28
Quote by blue_strat
As sound and light are both waves in matter or a vacuum, theoretically if you could keep adding octaves to the higher register of a piano, pressing a high enough key would produce visible light.

So I guess the question is whether there are "colours" - that is, categories - of electromagnetic radiation outside of the range of visible light.

The answer is ... Google.


As the poster above me said sound wave =/= EM wave. EM waves (which include light) are transverse waves of electric and magnetic fields

Whereas a soundwave is either a longitudinal wave of compressions and rarefactions of air..... or this guy



Clearly not the same
Maybe if u added octaves to the higher register of a piano and press a high enough key he might pop up though i dont recommend it.
#29
Have you not heard of Ultraviolet and Infrared?
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#30
bees can see UV rays

imagine what that must look like!!
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#32
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What if when you see blue other people actualy see that as green? How do you know that your perception of a colour is the same as everyone elses? MIND****

Yep. What a mindfuck.


Except that that's a concept that's introduced at the middle school level in physics.
#33
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you've never opened a single physics book in your life, have you?



Agreed. The ammount of lacking knowledge in this thread is making me scared.
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#35
Quote by ArcadianWarrior
Everytime somebody ask me what my favorite color is I say "clear" just to mess with them.
But honestly, I think that's the only "color" that you can't really see(I suck at science so I know theres way more then that). The air in front of you, the color of a glass window, I refer to it as "clear", but really, what color would you label that as, if any?

Transparency is NOT a colour
#36
Of course I've looked in physics books before, don't be so foolish.

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#37
Colour is a frequency of light, so when we see a colour, anyone else will see it the same as it is the same frequency.

As for the ontopic issue, as for infrared and ultraviolet are colours that exist but aren't visible for the human eye.
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#38
haha ive thought about new colors alot and im surprised other people have. just think about some alien civilization with some new colors. it would be so weird
#39
Quote by OlivierF
Colour is a frequency of light, so when we see a colour, anyone else will see it the same as it is the same frequency.

As for the ontopic issue, as for infrared and ultraviolet are colours that exist but aren't visible for the human eye.
What about colour-blindness?



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#40
Quote by blue_strat
As sound and light are both waves in matter or a vacuum, theoretically if you could keep adding octaves to the higher register of a piano, pressing a high enough key would produce visible light.


Here is where you lose. Sound and light waves are different in far too many ways. Sound waves, like all mechanical waves, need a medium to travel through.

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That's your brain's shortcoming. It's not changing the wave in any way.
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