Do You See What I See

If you had only one word for both blue and green, would it make it harder for you to tell them apart?

If you were Himba, from northern Namibia, you would call certain greens as well as browns and reds "dumbu".

This part of a fascinating BBC video series called Do You See What I See explores how language affects our perception of color.

I'm finding it particularly interesting in relation to the chapter I'm reading in Jonathan Lehrer's Proust Was a Neuroscientist on Virginia Woolf and the phenomenon of "blindsight", in which a person can physically see but is blocked from experiencing that vision because of a disconnect in the brain.

I would like a neuroscientist to tell me if there is a connection between not being able to "consciously access" what one's brain knows it has seen, and not being able to tell if a square is blue or green, because one has told oneself with language that they are the same. 


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disinformation I originally encountered the video here, via Hazel Dooney

Proust Was a Neuroscientist