We know the color magenta, right? Or, do we?
It’s sort of a purple-red-rosy color, or so I thought until I saw this Tumblr thread telling me there’s no such thing as magenta.
This is one of those existential questions that makes us think we may be seeing things that aren’t really there.
See if this makes sense to you. Is magenta real?
Magenta Is a Figment of Our Imagination
But We Have Questions
I mean, I see magenta.
Alexa, Is Magenta Real?
She knows everything.
I’ll Be Darned
Magenta is definitely not there on the ol’ light spectrum.
So, the Spectrum Is a Doughnut
Or is it a bagel and should we debate that later?
We can see it.
Let’s Get Magenta Sorted First
Then, we’ll worry about stygean blue.
I Am Shaken to the Core
I feel like I need to see The Matrix again.
Red, Blue and Green…Got it
All other colors are made up…?
The Visible Spectrum of Light
Now Yellow is Fake?
I feel like I see yellow.
Okay, So Goldfish Can See Yellow
Which means yellow is a real color, but people can’t see it. Our brains make it up. Then how do we call it yellow and how do we know goldfish see it?
A Visual Aid
Our brains are smart.
But We’re All Seeing Yellow
Is it the same yellow? Bright, warm and yellow-y?
Really Happy We’re Not Cognizant of This Brain Function as It’s Happening
I wouldn’t be able to see any colors before a pot of coffee every day.
I Was Never Good at Math
But I’m getting that outside of red, blue and green, all other colors are photons.
Now, We’re Adding Bears to the Mix
Also, let’s forget at this point how we’re coming up with the language to label these non-colors.
This Is Not Accidental
Mind is blown.
Our Brains Go WHOOPS?
Back to magenta.
Behold, the CIE Chromaticity Diagram
Learn it. Know it. Live it.
Colors are Blends of Multiple Wavelengths
And don’t eat magenta things.
The Brain Knows
We should listen to it.
On to Stygian Blue
The impossible color.
Otherwise Known as the Forbidden Color
That makes me like it more.
This is How to See Them
Do you feel dirty?
Okay, I think we’ve established what nitwits we are for thinking magenta was a thing. But isn’t it fascinating how the brain works in all ways to keep us safe as we forage for food among the bears?
Now if we can only use it to keep kids from eating detergent pods…