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.


  1. For a long time (until couple of years ago) I never realized how colorblind I I realize I never in fact saw your yellow or blue as you saw it...and I think that is how it should be

  2. Good morning, how are you?

    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because through them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately, it is impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are very small countries with very few population, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

    For all this, I would ask you one small favor:
    Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Maldives? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Maldives in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Avenida Juan de la Cierva, 44
    28902 Getafe (Madrid)

    If you wish, you can visit my blog where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

    Finally, I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely

    Emilio Fernandez

    1. That sounds like a wonderful thing to do :) I'll definitely send you a letter from the Maldives.

      Best wishes and hope you receive thousands more letters

  3. An artistic article, deeply questioning the realm of this world and its beings.
    Even I have wondered the same thing. Is my blue, your blue? Or not?
    A stunning topic to dive into, which truly gives the evidence that we humans are so limited in the knowledge we claim to have.

  4. Of course, we all experience life differently. That's why perception is important. But we do share common elements too which are elements of profound commonness. We all accept happiness is a form of emotion and when somebody is happy, we easily know it. I'm sure there must be enough research done in the field of psychology to determine to what extent we inherit similarities. We humans are such amazing creatures with self awareness and progressive reasoning catapulting us into a technological era equivalent to miracles anytime before the 20th century. Yet, we still are so bad at communicating with each other. We are a hopeless race of Intelligent fools. We have so many barriers when it comes to properly understand messages exchanged across various mediums. Will we ever have any reprieve? I say, why not? Someday. Hopefully!