Talons Philosophy

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Too many questions

If I were asked what philosophy is, at this point I am still not too certain. With the different articles we have read, each has left me a little more bewildered as to what philosophy may be.

In the article “Does Color Even Exist?” readers are introduced to the idea that no one truly knows if color exists or not. If we do not see something, it may not actually be in color, but in black and white.

Our perception gives us useful information about the world that allows us to make decisions as actors within it, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true or consistent.

With the above quote from the article, it contrasts the common saying that we most probably all have heard before: “Seeing is believing.” The article states that what we see may not actually be true at all. If we interpret that color exists in our minds, that would mean that everything actually has no color and somehow our brains interpret the color. But, if it is interpreted that color is already on the objects, it does not feel so foreign as it is what is assumed. With the color of objects being doubted, how can we really know if the objects we perceive actually exist? What if breathing in oxygen causes us to hallucinate and the events we see around us are just hallucinations? Therefore does color actually exists if it is just a figment of our imagination?

While we may all see an apple as red, we will not be viewing the apple in the exact same shade. How are we able to tell if we are looking at something and see the exact same color? We all see colors a little differently. The colors we see can be very different from the colors other see, however we cannot know that as we can only see things from our own perspectives and not in the perspectives of others.

We can try to walk in others shoes to try and see/understand what they experience, but we will never be able to fully understand the things they see.

An article from the UK believes that color does not actually exists in a literal sense, and the only thing that exists is light.

… one light can take on any color in our mind… [color] is created according to our past experiences.

When staring at the white dot between the red and green for around 60 seconds, then stare at the dot between the two desert pictures, the scene of the desert will begin to change color. The writer of the article believes that it is because the brain associates the past redness and greenness to the picture below it, which causes the image to seem to change color.

It is odd how different perceptions of light, and the duration of staring at something can influence how we see the things around us.

Is what we see really there? Or is it the a cast of light that causes us to view something else?


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