Monday, October 06, 2014

Perceptions: Is your green my blue?

We take so much for granted.

Colours, sounds, tastes, textures...

But how sure are we that what we are experiencing is in fact identical to the similar descriptions of experiences that people around us give?

We are conditioned to label a certain shade blue, a certain sound a jingle, a certain taste sour, a certain texture smooth.

But are our sensations the same? Is it possible that what you describe as green is actually seen by another as the shade you would describe as amber?

Science as it is today probably has a very good argument against all these random thoughts, I'm sure, but I'd like to believe that every being has its own unique perception of things, and that two lives, even lead in the same controlled manner, would prove to be two absolutely different experiences particular to whoever owns them.

I'd like to think that my black is in fact your white.

That would so conveniently explain away why humans seem to fail so badly at understanding each other.