A question my mother consistently asked throughout her life was, “How do we know you see the same color I’m seeing? Like, I see something and I call it orange, and you see the same thing and you call it orange, but how do we know the color I call ‘orange’ is the same color you call ‘orange’?”
Well, because blah blah blah rods and cones blah blah. TL;DR: wavelengths.
Contrary to what all the online tests show (that I have normal color vision), I apparently can’t tell the difference between some shades of brown/green, blue/green, and pink/orange.
But wait! Maybe the tests are right, and a lifetime of anecdotal evidence is also right. Maybe my eyes perceive the same colors as everybody around me, but my brain doesn’t.
Is that even possible?
Well, yes. Yes, it is. Turns out, color perception is part wavelength, part interpretation, part cultural indoctrination, part imagination.
Day-yum, Mom. Way to be brilliant.
No, I’ve been listening to variations of this one. Now you can, too. You’re welcome.
What–You thought the Soggy Bottom Boys came out of nowhere?
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about a difference in color perception.