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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24 nov 2020






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Freddie's Cat
Freddie's Cat Hace 5 horas
❤️❤️❤️This is my favourite channel
Eitan Michaeli
Eitan Michaeli Hace 6 horas
The hebrew bible says "תכלת". Which means sky blue or blue violet
Melusii Cebo
Melusii Cebo Hace 8 horas
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 Hace 9 horas
Dillan Fullmer
Dillan Fullmer Hace 12 horas
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 Hace 15 horas
repulse21 Hace 18 horas
“The damn pen is blue....!”
Halloweenville Hace 20 horas
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
Jonathan Sansome Hace 20 horas
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 Hace 22 horas
I'm spanish, pink is called Color de Rosa (Rose Color aka Red)
Kent Guiller
Kent Guiller Hace 22 horas
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 Hace un día
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 Hace un día
solved esvid.net/video/v%C3%ADdeo-l04dn8Msm-Y.html
kittynugget Hace un día
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 Hace un día
I love how so many commenters just shut this whole video down.
Antonio Locci
Antonio Locci Hace un día
in English there is only blue, in Italian there is blue, azzurro and celeste.
Pedro Henrique
Pedro Henrique Hace 2 días
More Sapir-whorf videos please hahahahha
Giannhss Hace 3 días
sorry what?
Olesya Kryvoruchko
Olesya Kryvoruchko Hace 3 días
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 Hace 3 días
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 Hace 3 días
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 Hace 3 días
yeah it is called the Baader Meinhof phenomenon.
איתן כהן
איתן כהן Hace 4 días
The Bible has the color blue, תכלת. It is mentioned several times.
Why tho
Why tho Hace 4 días
All the dislikes are from crip members
Elina Lioris
Elina Lioris Hace 4 días
Άρα το κυανό και το γαλανό δεν σου λένε τίποτα εσένα?
I M A S H O E Hace 4 días
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.
tiago game altink
tiago game altink Hace 5 días
China yus purple
tiago game altink
tiago game altink Hace 5 días
Greek yus blu
tiago game altink
tiago game altink Hace 5 días
Egypten jus blu
The Journey
The Journey Hace 5 días
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 Hace 5 días
It seems more like they described black as a very dark shade of blue, no?
Samsuffi 200
Samsuffi 200 Hace 5 días
I'm blue
Brooque613 Hace 6 días
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 Hace 6 días
Ancient People : No blu People in 2021 :*queues Eiffel 65 Im blue* and dance
ANIMATOR KiD Hace 6 días
Blue is mentioned in INDIAN EPICS cuz in Mahabharata and Ramayana Rama and Krishna are blue color
thomas aquinas
thomas aquinas Hace 6 días
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 Hace 6 días
Red Black White are All i see In my infancy
Hell of edits 2.0
Hell of edits 2.0 Hace 6 días
Τι μαλακιες λεει αυτος
Serena Hace 7 días
Blue is the new black.
Red Hace 7 días
Μπλε, να το είπα xddd
Pierre Abbat
Pierre Abbat Hace 7 días
If Hebrew didn't have blue, what was תכלת, and how did it differ from ארגמן?
KDD0063 Hace 7 días
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 Hace 7 días
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 Hace 7 días
3,45,9 this is pi followed by
Dinamike .21
Dinamike .21 Hace 7 días
20 19 18 17 16 15 here we start seeing blue??? WHATA FK
Vivi Marie Fedorov
Vivi Marie Fedorov Hace 7 días
Such an underrated color 🔵💠💙📘🇬🇷
HARRY Carry Hace 8 días
Wot no orange??
music by tolis
music by tolis Hace 8 días
I assure you, kids ask “why is the sky blue” in Greece 😌😌
Purple Wolfie 69
Purple Wolfie 69 Hace 8 días
Me a Greek person:...
Dad Time
Dad Time Hace 8 días
I didn't realize I was color blind until now. Literally.
jon a
jon a Hace 8 días
therefore mozart wasn’t a genius
dallen3000 Hace 8 días
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 Hace 8 días
And then the Starbucks White Chick started naming every shade of color
Subhmay Patra
Subhmay Patra Hace 8 días
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 Hace 8 días
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 Hace 8 días
This isn't true. However, there is are colors that nobody can see.
Γρηγόρης Αλεξανδρής
Homer was blind...
ZeroCool Hace 9 días
Because God loves the Infantry.
Kushi Lyon
Kushi Lyon Hace 9 días
When he said "Himba from Namibia" I felt represented 🇳🇦🇳🇦🇳🇦
Alex Mamedy
Alex Mamedy Hace 9 días
Noticing is voluntary
The Niwo
The Niwo Hace 9 días
Orange is just a very light brown.
J Olson
J Olson Hace 9 días
Really good talk, I thought. Fascinating.
Green Ranger
Green Ranger Hace 9 días
I don't know about ancient Greeks but now we are ok
Lydia Lewthwaite
Lydia Lewthwaite Hace 10 días
1:53 is this where ‘rainbow order’ came from??
Electrickiller 098
Electrickiller 098 Hace 10 días
Maybe the sky was like jojo part 4
Tobias Bradley
Tobias Bradley Hace 10 días
what a load of shit
Abbie Ryon
Abbie Ryon Hace 10 días
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. Hace 9 días
Και για πες μου πως λεγόταν το μπλέ στα αρχαία ελληνικά; Ξερόλα! Stupidity is unstoppable.
theSupercasa Hace 10 días
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 Hace 10 días
For them it was probably just like the colour of air
Alena Adler
Alena Adler Hace 10 días
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 Hace 11 días
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 Hace 11 días
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 Hace 11 días
I like how he is talking about a blind man about colors
RonnanPlayz8175 Hace 12 días
Description: *This BLUE my mind*
Elleila Fares
Elleila Fares Hace 12 días
Basically they didn’t have the word blue?
MrShadow8921 Hace 12 días
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. Hace 9 días
Fun fact in Greek, we have a separate word for light blue today.
Khoa Tran Dang
Khoa Tran Dang Hace 12 días
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 esvid.net/video/v%C3%ADdeo-XxWhXyeFYjc.html
John Smith
John Smith Hace 12 días
Because Greeks all had brown on the mind. being you know....
tasoshunter Hace 12 días
greek gang where u at
MrFattyfatfatboy Hace 13 días
Am twice the age of this kid and he is amazing .
Majo de la Guardia
Majo de la Guardia Hace 13 días
Because that’s the order in which we see them, the electromagnetic spectrum and all that
Rebecca Bratt
Rebecca Bratt Hace 13 días
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.
신동범 Hace 14 días
I mean, scp-ex sky blue sky right?
Bethel Eleonu
Bethel Eleonu Hace 14 días
......They still can see blue
Aries McDaniel
Aries McDaniel Hace 14 días
I am colorblind. This was weird.
Kargoneth Hace 14 días
@AsapSCIENCE I could barely see the light green circle. It was only after you pointed it out to me that I saw it. Interesting.
J. Miguel Barberi
J. Miguel Barberi Hace 14 días
This is called the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis of Ethnolinguistics. You got something wrong, and repeated it many times: people whose language don't have a word for a colour (for example "blue") can still tell the difference between blue and any other colour BUT... If you ask them "what is that colour?", they don't have a different word to tell it apart. And, if you give them three objects, lets say a blue scarf, a green ball and a black paper, they would know they have three different colours, but if you ask them later "what colour was the scarf?" they wouldn't remember, and would tell you either green or black...
Panagiotis Markopoulos
you did not answer the prime question , perhaps you should do a part 2
Alicen Lynne
Alicen Lynne Hace 14 días
They didn't have words for these colors.
Gisela Teubner
Gisela Teubner Hace 14 días
The ancient Greeks had contacts with Egypt and at least there, blue is the most important colour, that's why I find that hard to believe. We are all humans, greeks included, and can see the same spectrum...
Yan Apostolides
Yan Apostolides Hace 9 días
Blue existed, Greeks and all other ancient cultures could see it. The title and premise of the video is shit. Low resolution explanations resemble complete lies. aeon.co/essays/can-we-hope-to-understand-how-the-greeks-saw-their-world
Anusree Achuthan
Anusree Achuthan Hace 15 días
ancient indian used to cultivate indigo crop which gives them blue,, so it isn't an absence of that color
Aaron Walderslade
Aaron Walderslade Hace 15 días
Orange is also the same colour as red, just a lighter version. Both are from magenta and yellow light combined. So you'll equally find orange missing from early cultures. The early cultures probably saw blue as a sort of grey. Somewhere between white and black. And they would have had very few actual grey objects. The exact classification of colours probably coincides with the more exact mixing of colour for representational painting.
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