Imagine This

Discussion in 'Soap Box' started by coberst, Nov 11, 2008.

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  1. coberst

    coberst Guest

    Imagine This

    Imagine that you and a thousand other people lived deep in the jungle of Africa. Imagine further that every one of you had been born colorblind and none had any idea what color was. Imagine further that you were an exercise nut and discovered, quite by accident, that if you performed a certain sequence of exercises you developed color perception.

    What would you do?

    If you tried to tell the others what would they do? Would you be able to convince any one of them to follow your example? How would you explain to them what you had accomplished? Would they eventually kill you like the Athenians did Socrates?
  2. HappyAZaClaM

    HappyAZaClaM Guest

    this a trick question? *scratches head* :blink:
  3. JohnADreams

    JohnADreams Well-Known Member

    The others would probably think I practice voodoo or are mad.
    Some might follow me or try to kill me but I doubt either scenario. More than likely, they'll just keep their distance from me.

    A good way to prove color to the colorblind is to put items in colored boxes, having the item based on the color of the box (red box=apple etc.). Obviously the name of the color written inside so they know what items to use and if you are the first person to see color in your culture, then naming them is also up to you. If you always correctly name the item then others would think that you have an altered perception, something akin to a sixth sense. I think it's the only way to explain the difference in perception, as there is no way to make someone truly understand the idea of color if they have no experience of it.
  4. aoeu

    aoeu Well-Known Member

    Noteably, you'd have to make sure that your colours are distinct in greyscale.
  5. Shogun

    Shogun Well-Known Member

    This is an EXCELLENT thought provoking question! :smile:

    I would take my best friend (someone I could trust) of the group away from the others and teach him slowly what I had just discovered and tell him/her not to tell anyone else. When he had reached the level that I have reached and developed his colour acknowledgement skills, I'd ask him to bring another of our closest friends and teach him/her the same thing.

    I'd teach them one by one until we had a big enough group of colour seeing people to teach the rest as a whole.

    I think that'd work. :unsure: :cool:
  6. coberst

    coberst Guest

    I wonder if Socrates tried this method before he was executed for "corrupting the youth".
  7. Ziggy

    Ziggy Antiquitie's Friend

    ^ He chose to die really. That's what reflecting on life does to you.
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