Could our ancestors see blue? Ancient people didn't perceive the colour because they didn't have a word for it, say scientists

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Could our ancestors see blue? Ancient people didn't perceive the colour because they didn't have a word for it, say scientists

Post  wyatt1 on Tue Mar 03, 2015 1:08 pm

[*]Studies say language shapes what we see by making us focus on objects
[*]Blue doesn't appear at all in Greek stories and other ancient written texts
[*]As a result, scientists believe ancient civilisations didn't notice the colour 
[*]Egyptians - who were the only culture that could produce blue dyes - were the first civilisation to have a word for the colour blue in 2500 BC 
[*]The Himba people in Namibia do not have a word for blue and tests have shown they have difficulty distinguishing between green and blue 


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2976405/Could-ancestors-blue-Ancient-civilisations-didn-t-perceive-colour-didn-t-word-say-scientists.html#ixzz3TJshmc4S 
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Aha !!  that is why Politicians and Judges cant use "common sense"  because they don't have a buzz word for it.
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Post  Flix on Tue Mar 03, 2015 1:20 pm

What about the Celts and their woad being distinctly blue? Maybe they thought it was green? Although green would make more sense as camouflage, tests have been done with woad wearing people and they do appear to vanish into the woodland, a bit chilly just wearing woad though in Britain at almost any time must be what made them fearless fighters, get it over with and back to the fire for a warm.

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Post  wyatt1 on Tue Mar 03, 2015 1:30 pm

@Flix wrote:What about the Celts and their woad being distinctly blue? Maybe they thought it was green? Although green would make more sense as camouflage, tests have been done with woad wearing people and they do appear to vanish into the woodland, a bit chilly just wearing woad though in Britain at almost any time must be what made them fearless fighters, get it over with and back to the fire for a warm.
Absolutely !!  I still have my old woad in the cupboard for wearing on special occasions,
 like manning Hadrians Wall on Bank Holidays !!    ROFL ROFL
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Post  Flix on Tue Mar 03, 2015 2:02 pm

Do you do the lime hair gel as well? Must be quite a sight, all that woad and limey hair spikes and little else!

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Post  nicko on Tue Mar 03, 2015 2:22 pm

why am I getting "time out"on my posts
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Post  nicko on Tue Mar 03, 2015 2:22 pm

why am I getting "time out"on my posts
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Post  wyatt1 on Tue Mar 03, 2015 2:52 pm

@Flix wrote:I just did as well.
And me,  but it works as soon as you press the "back arrow" and hit "send" again


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Post  wyatt1 on Tue Mar 03, 2015 2:55 pm

@Flix wrote:Do you do the lime hair gel as well? Must be quite a sight, all that woad and limey hair spikes and little else!
I'm afraid after using "wash n go"  the hair went when I washed off the Woad, it can get a bit chilly on the Wall.      ROFL
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Re: Could our ancestors see blue? Ancient people didn't perceive the colour because they didn't have a word for it, say scientists

Post  ALLAKAKA on Tue Mar 03, 2015 2:58 pm

 It's a new site policy ' LIMITED' freedom of speech.
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Post  wyatt1 on Tue Mar 03, 2015 3:10 pm

@ALLAKAKA wrote: It's a new site policy ' LIMITED' freedom of speech.
It's bloody annoying,  if you take a few seconds it shows up.

CLICK the "Back Arrow" and then "Send" works , but it is annoying.


ps: click the back arrow not press


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Post  ALLAKAKA on Tue Mar 03, 2015 3:18 pm

 One thing our ancestors never saw was BLACK.
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Post  Flix on Tue Mar 03, 2015 3:26 pm

@ALLAKAKA wrote: One thing our ancestors never saw was BLACK.
What about that tribe black people in Yorkshire?

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Post  ALLAKAKA on Tue Mar 03, 2015 3:28 pm

@Flix wrote:
What about that tribe black people in Yorkshire?




Ancestors pre Labour.
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