#NightTalk's philosophical special on how people see colours differently

From a young age, Sizwe Dhlomo has had a theory that people do not see colours the same way.

I'm not talking about colour blindness. I'm talking about the dress you're wearing right now, you may say its maroon or burgundy. But what I know to be maroon or burgundy ever since I was young, is probably nave blue. But because I was always told that particular colour which I identity as maroon or burgundy, which is actually nave blue, is maroon or burgundy, when you ask me what colour is your dress, I will tell you maroon or burgundy.

Sizwe Dhlomo

Thursday's open line on #NightTalk resembled a masterclass on the philosophy of colours, or a Johann Wolfgang von Goethe phenomenology on the theory of colours.

As Sizwe elaborated more on this theory, listeners eventually warmed up and shared their perspectives on how they see or perceive colours.

Sizwe's right! The same is true with taste

Phiwe

We are all taught that the sky is blue. But how do I know that what I see is what you see? But we agree that it is blue, but not the same kind of blue

Listener from #NightTalk's Whatsapp line

But the view that people do not see colour in the same way was not unanimous.

Some #NightTalk listeners called in with their informed views of how an individuals is able to identify different colours.

Nobody doubts if you listen to music that the one note is lower than the other or higher than the other one. The reason for that is that your inner ear is in a structure that is cylindrical and is smaller the deeper it goes into your ear, which allows different frequencies to penetrate deeper into your ear, so that your ear converts those frequencies into signals that get sent to your brain. Your eye works exactly the same way. Colours are in different frequencies

Leon from Sandton

This open line special on colour perception and interpretation was too much for some listeners who had a simple solution to all of this.

You're all so confusing... Let's all just remain blind!

Nosisa from Vosloorus

Listen to the #NightTalk open line below:

Watch the video below which goes deeper into the philosophy of how people see colours:

Read More
How you can #BeFinanciallySmart and save for those big days!

How you can #BeFinanciallySmart and save for those big days!

FNB's Eunice Sibiya discusses how you can save for important annual events.

'Haiti is the missing piece in the AU'

'Haiti is the missing piece in the AU'

Ambassador of Haiti to South Africa Jacques Baril describes Haiti's historic relationship with the African continent.

'Having sex will not make you cleverer'

'Having sex will not make you cleverer'

Neurologist Professor Girish Modi describes the effect of sex on one's memory.

Money Matters: Understanding an endowment policy

Money Matters: Understanding an endowment policy

Discovery's Head of Legal Services Harry Joffe describes on #NightTalk relevant information about endowment policies.

How to survive a hostile job interview

How to survive a hostile job interview

Recruitment specialist Candice Martin describes how one can get past a hostile job interview

What colour dress do you see?

What colour dress do you see?

Our timelines have been FLOODED with people weighing in on #TheDress. Have you seen it? And what do YOU see?

Popular articles
Sassa cards will be functional beyond expiry date

Sassa cards will be functional beyond expiry date

Sassa says text messages making the rounds asking beneficiaries to come and renew their Sassa cards is a hoax.

Soulful Sundays Playlist: Sunday 11 June 2017

Soulful Sundays Playlist: Sunday 11 June 2017

Favourites to feed your soul on Sunday.

Mashaba moves to insource security guards come Jan 2018

Mashaba moves to insource security guards come Jan 2018

Mashaba is also on a mission to identify owners of buildings in the city centre that he says are harbouring criminals.

Why Sisulu and Dlamini-Zuma aren't suitable Presidential candidates: analyst

Why Sisulu and Dlamini-Zuma aren't suitable Presidential candidates: analyst

ANC branch in the Eastern Cape, Z.R Mahabana, has launched a campaign backing Lindiwe Sisuslu as an ANC presidential candidate.

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.

‘I started my thriving business with R5000 (and made a profit in the 1st month)’

‘I started my thriving business with R5000 (and made a profit in the 1st month)’

After 3 years there are 3 Nic Harry stores (incl online) that sell 100 000 pairs of socks in over 20 countries around the world.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?