#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:

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