Why The Ancient Greeks Couldn't See Blue

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This BLUE my mind, I just had to share.
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Tyson Villeneuve
Tyson Villeneuve 4 時間 前
Black and White are all I see, in my infancy, Red and yellow then came to be, reaching out to me, helps me see...
ItsCat 10 時間 前
I'm blue, da ba dee da ba daa Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa
unseen stranger
unseen stranger 10 時間 前
The word-image reinforcement feedback loop described in this video sounds like a new discovery, but it's probably safe to just call it 'learning'. It's likely that, after a short training session, any normal non-colourblind human can learn to make these colour distinctions just as quickly as speakers of these langauges, and non-colourblind visual artists of any linguistic background probably outperform non-artist speakers of all languages - they have more exposure to different shades of colours than most other people. Another important point is that languages without unique words (lexemes) for specific colours can always just use adjectival forms, compound words, or phrases to describe those colours, which is very common in the world's languages. For example, blue could be 'watery, water-like' (e.g. Persian: ab-i), 'sky green' (e.g. Zulu: okuluhlaza okwesibhakabhaka), 'real blue-green' (e.g. Lakota: tȟo-ȟča), 'oceanic, ocean-like' (e.g. Maori: ao-moana), 'dark' (e.g. Hawaiian: uli, when used to refer to the colour of the ocean), etc. These compounds and substitutions suggest that speakers of other languages are equally good at making these colour distinctions perceptually, and so a great deal more research is required to confirm that there are in fact differences between speakers of different languages.
Yona Lazar
Yona Lazar 11 時間 前
Blue is mentioned in the Hebrew bible "techelet" which refers to a light blue
hognoxious 12 時間 前
I call bullshit.
Jo Jo
Jo Jo 13 時間 前
Τι λεει ρε ο μαλακας
mcspartan1227 16 時間 前
The Israelites had a word for blue back when they wrote the old testament and that predates the Greeks. -peace
Danjel Skerfving
Danjel Skerfving 20 時間 前
Actually, there are more colors than these mentioned... 😂 From there I wanna got to the fact that it wasn't until the 18th century that humans (westeners at least) learned to tell purple apart from brown - before, they were both brown.
Antonis Bougas
Antonis Bougas 21 時間 前
* for those who speak GREEK: έχει κάνει και η μηχανή του χρόνου κάτι παρόμοιο αξίζει να το δείτε νομίζω είναι πιο κατατοπιστικό:)
Antonis Bougas
Antonis Bougas 21 時間 前
Sources :) ?
Freddie's Cat
❤️❤️❤️This is my favourite channel
Eitan Michaeli
The hebrew bible says "תכלת". Which means sky blue or blue violet
Melusii Cebo
Melusii Cebo 日 前
In my language Blue and Green share the same word, which I still find it confusing, I end up using English words ,makes it much easier
dmat4 日 前
Dillan Fullmer
Yeah no, you're wrong dude. Just because the color wasn't mentioned, that doesnt mean that they couldn't see it, in fact that would mean any other color they didn't mention they couldn't see either, which doesn't make sense. Thats an extremely faulty test of evidence. In fact, there are several Greek words that literally mean blue, so yes, they could see blue. Idiots these days.
The Anti-Swag Corporation
Maybe they didn't need to include blue cause everyone can see it everywhere
Drakonoborec 日 前
repulse21 日 前
“The damn pen is blue....!”
In other words only the name blue changes, they did see blue, but they didn't use the word blue, this video could have been 20 seconds long.
Jonathan Sansome
Purple is in the Bible. Purple was only worn by the very most wealthy at that time because of the outrageous number of snails needed to make that dye needed for that colour of garment.
Bryant Bravo
Bryant Bravo 日 前
I'm spanish, pink is called Color de Rosa (Rose Color aka Red)
Kent Guiller
Kent Guiller 日 前
At least it's not yellow
No other Like my own skin
Can you review theses Smart Phones? Smart Phone LG Stylo 6 (2020) & Smart Phone Samsung Galaxy S8+ (2017) What are other phone that you recommend? "Like these popular phones for the world to see".
Bryan Jackson
Bryan Jackson 2 日 前
It's a cultural thing: some cultures only have two colors, light and dark. English has more words for different colors than any other known language. But that doesn't mean that English speakers can see more colors than speakers of other languages. It is semantic or linguistic, that's all.
jim ewok
jim ewok 2 日 前
solved jpvid.net/video/%E3%83%93%E3%83%87%E3%82%AA-l04dn8Msm-Y.html
kittynugget 2 日 前
That was actually mind blowing, I thought they just didn't see it because of genes, because I KEPT FORGETTING TO GOOGLE IT!!
C*60s 2 日 前
I love how so many commenters just shut this whole video down.
Antonio Locci
Antonio Locci 2 日 前
in English there is only blue, in Italian there is blue, azzurro and celeste.
Pedro Henrique
Pedro Henrique 3 日 前
More Sapir-whorf videos please hahahahha
Giannhss 3 日 前
sorry what?
Olesya Kryvoruchko
Red. In old Slavic cultures, color red was associated with beauty. Which made it to modern language Krasny(red)-Krasiviy(beautiful), but in old times Karasniy/aya was the word for beauty. Like the sun. One of the theories is that it was associated with the sun, other theories draw connection to red dye (which was rare to find and expensive), red boots were every girl's dream.
mohammad abdul rahim
In the end boys, the sky is blue
Mark Boudreaux
Mark Boudreaux 4 日 前
Sorry, the Bible mentions God's throne as being a sapphire hue. Most sapphires are blue and the two names for the color are considered kin. Pink isn't a shade. It's a tint, since white is mixed into the color red to produce it. Shades are produced by mixing the color black into a basic color, either by physical manipulation or changes in light.
Robert Cuminale
Robert Cuminale 4 日 前
The Hebrew Bible has numerous references to the color blue. There were numerous parts in the temple that used blue, curtains, doors, decorations like pomegranates, the ephod, loops on the curtains,etc. Start with Exodus 25:4 to Ezekiel 27:7 and you see the examples. The tallis of our corners that men were to wear was to have a thread of blue in it. I use a concordance, Strong's Exhaustive Concordance is the best to me.
Gibson Moore
Gibson Moore 4 日 前
yeah it is called the Baader Meinhof phenomenon.
איתן כהן
איתן כהן 4 日 前
The Bible has the color blue, תכלת. It is mentioned several times.
Why tho
Why tho 5 日 前
All the dislikes are from crip members
Elina Lioris
Elina Lioris 5 日 前
Άρα το κυανό και το γαλανό δεν σου λένε τίποτα εσένα?
I M A S H O E 5 日 前
Blue is the gen z of colors
I Love Ronald McDonald He Is Cool
You can get dark pink and pale red, their easily recognisable.
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China yus purple
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Greek yus blu
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Egypten jus blu
The Journey
The Journey 6 日 前
Seeings how im a scholar of such things. In the Bible, the word 'blue' occurs fifty times, all of which are in the Old Testament. The Hebrew word translated as this color is tekeleth (Strong's Concordance #H8504), which is a reference to the animal from which the dye is obtained. Its meaning in Scripture is that of representing God (Exodus 24:10, 25:3, 38:18, Numbers 4:6 - 12, 2Chronicles 2:7, Ezekiel 1:26, etc.), royalty (Esther 1:6, Ezekiel 23:6, Jeremiah 10:9), riches (Ezekiel 27:7, 24) or service to God and godly living (Exodus 28:6, 8, 13, 31, Numbers 15:38 - 40, Esther 8:15). Exodus, written about 1468 bc, this is not a well researched video
August Booth
August Booth 6 日 前
It seems more like they described black as a very dark shade of blue, no?
Samsuffi 200
Samsuffi 200 6 日 前
I'm blue
Brooque613 7 日 前
Um, blue IS mentioned in the Hebrew bible. The word Techelet (תְּכֵלֶת) is a specific blue shade that comes from a sea snail and is mentioned in the book of Numbers. It's also found in other Hebrew texts like the story of Queen Esther where it's mentioned alongside Argaman (אַרְגָּמָן), which is purple.
Constantinos Nicolakis
Ffffffff u fake
Kawa Gucci
Kawa Gucci 7 日 前
Ancient People : No blu People in 2021 :*queues Eiffel 65 Im blue* and dance
Blue is mentioned in INDIAN EPICS cuz in Mahabharata and Ramayana Rama and Krishna are blue color
thomas aquinas
thomas aquinas 7 日 前
Blue dye from shells was one of the few colors that could be controlled in those days. So, I wonder if this blue story is true...
Piroclanidis 7 日 前
Red Black White are All i see In my infancy
Hell of edits 2.0
Τι μαλακιες λεει αυτος
Serena 7 日 前
Blue is the new black.
Red 8 日 前
Μπλε, να το είπα xddd
Pierre Abbat
Pierre Abbat 8 日 前
If Hebrew didn't have blue, what was תכלת, and how did it differ from ארגמן?
KDD0063 8 日 前
what a clickbait lying title. you offer no proof they couldn't see blue. They saw blue and just considered it a shade of another color because it was uncommon...
Ingo Schweitzer
Ingo Schweitzer 8 日 前
Trying to explain the logic sounds so illogical. At no time of a clear DAY do I ever see black when I look skyward. It would be more believable that the sky actually was different due to whatever; lots of volcanic eruptions, massive dust clouds happening more often - whatever. But describing the sky as wine-dark doesn’t even hint at blue. And if all the ancient civilizations did the same thing, why do we think they just didn’t know how to describe what we see?
Serena Birkhead
Serena Birkhead 8 日 前
3,45,9 this is pi followed by
Dinamike .21
Dinamike .21 8 日 前
20 19 18 17 16 15 here we start seeing blue??? WHATA FK
Vivi Marie Fedorov
Such an underrated color 🔵💠💙📘🇬🇷
HARRY Carry 8 日 前
Wot no orange??
music by tolis
music by tolis 8 日 前
I assure you, kids ask “why is the sky blue” in Greece 😌😌
Purple Wolfie 69
Me a Greek person:...
Dad Time
Dad Time 9 日 前
I didn't realize I was color blind until now. Literally.
jon a
jon a 9 日 前
therefore mozart wasn’t a genius
dallen3000 9 日 前
I've noticed a similar effect, and is part of the reason I became a motorcyclist. After realizing how little my mind recognized motorcycles on the road, I started riding so that I would notice them more.
Your presentation is flawed since the ancient Greeks had two words for different shades of blue: Cyanó and Galanó.
Hamman Samuel
Hamman Samuel 9 日 前
And then the Starbucks White Chick started naming every shade of color
Subhmay Patra
Subhmay Patra 9 日 前
Ancient Indian texts does have reference to the colour blue. Many ancient texts in India describes lord Shiva as "Neelakantha" where "Neela" means blue and "Kantha" means throat. The one who has a blue throat. Many gods and goddesses in India are also depicted and described as Blue in colour (Representing their Blue aura) like Goddess Kali (She is also depicted a Black though), Goddess Tara, Lord Krishna and Lord Rama. All were blue. There are also many descriptions of Blue Lotus in ancient Indian texts.
James Newcomer
James Newcomer 9 日 前
All I can say is that I think 164K people got trolled. Oh...and the of course the ancient Greeks could see blue.
Baba Boobear
Baba Boobear 9 日 前
This isn't true. However, there is are colors that nobody can see.
Γρηγόρης Αλεξανδρής
Homer was blind...
ZeroCool 10 日 前
Because God loves the Infantry.
Kushi Lyon
Kushi Lyon 10 日 前
When he said "Himba from Namibia" I felt represented 🇳🇦🇳🇦🇳🇦
Alex Mamedy
Alex Mamedy 10 日 前
Noticing is voluntary
The Niwo
The Niwo 10 日 前
Orange is just a very light brown.
J Olson
J Olson 10 日 前
Really good talk, I thought. Fascinating.
Green Ranger
Green Ranger 10 日 前
I don't know about ancient Greeks but now we are ok
Lydia Lewthwaite
Lydia Lewthwaite 10 日 前
1:53 is this where ‘rainbow order’ came from??
Electrickiller 098
Maybe the sky was like jojo part 4
Tobias Bradley
Tobias Bradley 11 日 前
what a load of shit
Abbie Ryon
Abbie Ryon 11 日 前
Could this be part of the reason women seem to see more colors than men? Because they have been “trained” with more color names and such?
Thiw is the stupidest thing I have heard. I am Greek and at school at 3 class of junior highschool we have subjct called Helene(Ελενη) from Euripidis(Ευριπιδης). At the book which is exact translation of the ancient text, at a scene a caractere named Menelaos(Μενελαος) sayw that he was travelling at the wide blue sea. So thiw video says bullshit and I hope nobody takes it seriously.
Φιλε σε μεταφραση το εχω και εγω αλλα λεει μπλε😂😂
Wake No.
Wake No. 10 日 前
Και για πες μου πως λεγόταν το μπλέ στα αρχαία ελληνικά; Ξερόλα! Stupidity is unstoppable.
theSupercasa 11 日 前
Was anyone else, by the end of this video, like, looking at the sky or the guys blue shirt and be like: well, yep, that totally looks just like a brighter shade of black though...
comic cat
comic cat 11 日 前
For them it was probably just like the colour of air
Alena Adler
Alena Adler 11 日 前
If only there were a language where learners could tell the nouns from the verbs, and the adverbs from the adjectives just as soon as they started learning it... oh wait there is!
Sunshine Judy
Sunshine Judy 12 日 前
I think that this is more than just interesting, and it is that. But moreover, this finding has serious implications for what has become of American English today, particularly among younger people , people who are addicted to texting and social media,who like to speak in initials and abbreviations. For many people, our language has become tremendously simplified. For example, the word “awesome“ almost has no meaning at all, when it used to mean something that was really awe-inspiring. The same simple words are used these days over and over. People have become lazy, perhaps - whatever it is, many people are not learning to use synonyms, they are not making the effort to use language to define nuances. So what you are saying is that this simplified use of language also makes people’s minds “simpler” e.g., dumber - Maybe less capable of understanding complex ideas. If so, I find that scary. We live in a very complicated world now, and we need for people to be able to perceive and understand complex ideas. And it starts with an understanding of our language.
James Reeve
James Reeve 12 日 前
One correlation in the development of language could also be the way human's vision develops. When babies are born, they first see black and white, with red being next, followed by yellow, green blue.
Zissis Alimoudis
Zissis Alimoudis 12 日 前
I like how he is talking about a blind man about colors
RonnanPlayz8175 13 日 前
Description: *This BLUE my mind*
Elleila Fares
Elleila Fares 13 日 前
Basically they didn’t have the word blue?
MrShadow8921 13 日 前
Lol the ancient Egyptians developed what is called Egyptian blue from calcium copper silicate, a natural resource found in the Nile Valley. Some of the oldest examples are displayed in the temple reliefs of Pharoah Ka-Sen of the first dynasty in the Old kingdom more than 5000 years ago. Approximately 2500 years before Greek civilization began.
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For the same reason as with pink, I definitely think we should have separate words for "blue" and "light blue", "green" and "light green", etc.
Wake No.
Wake No. 10 日 前
Fun fact in Greek, we have a separate word for light blue today.
Khoa Tran Dang
Khoa Tran Dang 13 日 前
I just found out that in this vid, langfocus also briefly mentioned how people speaking defend languages perceives colors, interesting how the vid is basically a rant but has very good info in it jpvid.net/video/%E3%83%93%E3%83%87%E3%82%AA-XxWhXyeFYjc.html
John Smith
John Smith 13 日 前
Because Greeks all had brown on the mind. being you know....
tasoshunter 13 日 前
greek gang where u at
MrFattyfatfatboy 14 日 前
Am twice the age of this kid and he is amazing .
Majo de la Guardia
Because that’s the order in which we see them, the electromagnetic spectrum and all that
Rebecca Bratt
Rebecca Bratt 14 日 前
Comparing it to language was very helpful. My ex is Lao so I was constantly exposed to the language (I also was exposed to similar languages like Thai a lot). At first it was just gibberish to me. I still don't understand a word (okay, I know like 4 words), but I can tell when it's Lao being spoken as opposed to Thai bc of certain patterns I picked up on over time.
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