10 comments for “Colours

  1. Chuckles
    November 15, 2018 at 18:03

    Richard of York gave battle in vain.

    • November 15, 2018 at 18:09

      That was Monday’s. Doesn’t explain the differences to a blind man.

  2. The Blocked Dwarf
    November 15, 2018 at 18:09

    I don’t think you can explain colours to a person born 100% blind ( although I believe studies have shown that some totally blind people can ‘see’ ‘blue light’?) .
    Could a person blind from birth even comprehend the idea of ‘colour’, with no points of reference?

    • November 15, 2018 at 18:10

      I think it can, intellectually. You just couldn’t get him to feel them.

      • The Blocked Dwarf
        November 15, 2018 at 18:53

        Assuming he can really see nothing, not even the difference between light and dark (ie when you hold a very bright light to his closed eyes he experiences no change in the ‘blackness’ no turning of that black to lesser black/grey) then I suppose you could get two pieces of metal, metal plates, absolutely identical, one painted jet black and one white. Leave them out in direct sunshine for a period then have him, the blind man, feel and fondle each plate. He will feel that they are absolutely identical in every regard except warmth. If you can’t describe colour because he has no concept of light and dark then I suppose one could explain to him the difference in the qualities/properties of the various colours? This is just a guess, some apres meal musing.

  3. Mudplugger
    November 15, 2018 at 21:48

    I am not blind, but I am 97.5% colour-blind, so it’s a subject of some interest. My condition cannot be addressed by the currently-available glasses but may be at some future date – at which point, I’ll buy a pair, whatever the cost, just to be able to see the world like the rest of you for once.

    It is an invisible disability, with no concession being made by those designing the items of everyday life, unlike almost every other disability – it seriously compromised by career-choices (pilot, engine-driver, policeman, electrician, scientist etc.) and if I ever told the DVLA or insurers, it would terminate my mobility. At least no-one can accuse me of being racist – they’re all the same to me.

  4. November 17, 2018 at 02:03

    “The surgery did restore some of Shirl Jenning’s vision. However, he was overwhelmed with visual sensory data and was unable to connect what he was seeing with his visual memory, which had all but disappeared. The family contacted Dr. Oliver Sacks, a famous neurologist known for his book Awakenings, who, along with other physicians, concluded that Shirl would need to relearn how to identify objects that he could feel and smell by using their visual cues.”


  5. November 17, 2018 at 02:07

    This guy is the brother of one of my best friends:


  6. November 17, 2018 at 10:28

    Cheers, m’lud.

  7. Penseivat
    November 17, 2018 at 11:03

    An ex Army colleague found he was colour blind when on a military exercise in Germany. He apparently woke up and discovered he had no colour perception at all. Perhaps it’s the military black humour, but he told the medical officer that there was no warning and his disability came to him straight out of the grey!

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