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The biological ability to distinguish colours is in the eyes, but if you speak a language that has no word for a colour youcant distinguish it from another colour without putting them next to each other. There are some languages that has no word for pink, so if you show them a pink card and then a red one they will say they are the same colour. If you show them the two cards at the sane time though, then it has to do with the eyes.
Except that's not it. If you ask people "were those two colours the same" they will say yes if they don't have a word for both colours where someone with those words would be able to tell them apart, even though if you put those colours next to eachother, both people could tell they are different. It's more than just being unable to name it.
They can see the differrnce. They just cant tell that they can. So if you show then side by side they can physically see the difference, but one after the other they can't because they don't have the words for it. They will say they are the same.
No I don't think you understand. Show them the colours side by side they willsay "they are different colours". Show then one at a time they will say they are the same colour" this is due to the way that language alters perception, not their ability to percieve. In both cases their eyes perceive the difference,it is their brains interpretation via their llanguage that causes them to incorrectly perceive the situation.
I think it is rather the case that people speaking a language that require them to distinguish between two things, are better at telling the difference between them. If anytime you first have to think about wether the colour you see is a darker or a lighter orange in order to pick the right word, you automatically get trained in paying attention to the shade of the colour. It's not that people without terms for certain colour shades are lacking physical elements to perceive the colours or that they are colour blind, it's just them paying less attention to the shades in comparison to the ones with a language that distinguishes. That's why they are worse in telling whether they see a darker or a lighter version of a colour; the physical ability to perceive is equally good for both, but the selection that is going on in their brains works in different patterns which are partially formed by language.Hoped that helped? ^^Buuut offtopic; the last "5 thing" demand was "5 myths"! GO!
YeahIdontknow said:Five interesting myths
2) Grammar Nazis
3) Regular Nazis
4) Arguing with someone online without at least Wikipedia'ing what you're talking about
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