Why The Ancient Greeks Couldn't See Blue

24-Noy, 2020
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This BLUE my mind, I just had to share.
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  • 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.

    HalloweenvilleHalloweenvilleSoat oldin
  • 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.

    Jonathan SansomeJonathan SansomeSoat oldin
  • I'm spanish, pink is called Color de Rosa (Rose Color aka Red)

    Bryant BravoBryant Bravo2 soat oldin
  • At least it's not yellow

    Kent GuillerKent Guiller3 soat oldin
  • 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".

    No other Like my own skinNo other Like my own skin10 soat oldin
  • 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.

    Bryan JacksonBryan Jackson11 soat oldin
  • solved uzworld.info/player/video/pWmZnNFufdTPX4w

    jim ewokjim ewok11 soat oldin
  • That was actually mind blowing, I thought they just didn't see it because of genes, because I KEPT FORGETTING TO GOOGLE IT!!

    kittynuggetkittynugget15 soat oldin
  • I love how so many commenters just shut this whole video down.

    C*60sC*60s19 soat oldin
  • in English there is only blue, in Italian there is blue, azzurro and celeste.

    Antonio LocciAntonio Locci22 soat oldin
  • More Sapir-whorf videos please hahahahha

    Pedro HenriquePedro Henrique2 kun oldin
  • sorry what?

    GiannhssGiannhss2 kun oldin
  • 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.

    Olesya KryvoruchkoOlesya Kryvoruchko2 kun oldin
  • In the end boys, the sky is blue

    mohammad abdul rahimmohammad abdul rahim2 kun oldin
  • 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.

    Mark BoudreauxMark Boudreaux2 kun oldin
  • 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.

    Robert CuminaleRobert Cuminale3 kun oldin
  • yeah it is called the Baader Meinhof phenomenon.

    Gibson MooreGibson Moore3 kun oldin
  • The Bible has the color blue, תכלת. It is mentioned several times.

    איתן כהןאיתן כהן3 kun oldin
  • All the dislikes are from crip members

    Why thoWhy tho3 kun oldin
  • Άρα το κυανό και το γαλανό δεν σου λένε τίποτα εσένα?

    Elina LiorisElina Lioris3 kun oldin
  • Blue is the gen z of colors

    I M A S H O EI M A S H O E3 kun oldin
  • You can get dark pink and pale red, their easily recognisable.

    I Love Ronald McDonald He Is CoolI Love Ronald McDonald He Is Cool4 kun oldin
  • China yus purple

    tiago game altinktiago game altink4 kun oldin
  • Greek yus blu

    tiago game altinktiago game altink4 kun oldin
  • Egypten jus blu

    tiago game altinktiago game altink4 kun oldin
  • 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

    The JourneyThe Journey4 kun oldin
  • It seems more like they described black as a very dark shade of blue, no?

    August BoothAugust Booth4 kun oldin
  • I'm blue

    Samsuffi 200Samsuffi 2005 kun oldin
  • 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.

    Brooque613Brooque6135 kun oldin
  • Ffffffff u fake

    Constantinos NicolakisConstantinos Nicolakis5 kun oldin
  • Ancient People : No blu People in 2021 :*queues Eiffel 65 Im blue* and dance

    Kawa GucciKawa Gucci5 kun oldin
  • Blue is mentioned in INDIAN EPICS cuz in Mahabharata and Ramayana Rama and Krishna are blue color

  • 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...

    thomas aquinasthomas aquinas6 kun oldin
  • Red Black White are All i see In my infancy

    PiroclanidisPiroclanidis6 kun oldin
  • Τι μαλακιες λεει αυτος

    Hell of edits 2.0Hell of edits 2.06 kun oldin
  • Blue is the new black.

    SerenaSerena6 kun oldin
  • Μπλε, να το είπα xddd

    RedRed6 kun oldin
  • If Hebrew didn't have blue, what was תכלת, and how did it differ from ארגמן?

    Pierre AbbatPierre Abbat6 kun oldin
  • 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...

    KDD0063KDD00636 kun oldin
  • 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?

    Ingo SchweitzerIngo Schweitzer6 kun oldin
  • 3,45,9 this is pi followed by

    Serena BirkheadSerena Birkhead6 kun oldin
  • 20 19 18 17 16 15 here we start seeing blue??? WHATA FK

    Dinamike .21Dinamike .216 kun oldin
  • Such an underrated color 🔵💠💙📘🇬🇷

    Vivi Marie FedorovVivi Marie Fedorov6 kun oldin
  • Wot no orange??

    HARRY CarryHARRY Carry7 kun oldin
  • I assure you, kids ask “why is the sky blue” in Greece 😌😌

    music by tolismusic by tolis7 kun oldin
  • Me a Greek person:...

    Purple Wolfie 69Purple Wolfie 697 kun oldin
  • I didn't realize I was color blind until now. Literally.

    Dad TimeDad Time7 kun oldin
  • therefore mozart wasn’t a genius

    jon ajon a7 kun oldin
  • 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.

    dallen3000dallen30007 kun oldin
  • Your presentation is flawed since the ancient Greeks had two words for different shades of blue: Cyanó and Galanó.

  • And then the Starbucks White Chick started naming every shade of color

    Hamman SamuelHamman Samuel7 kun oldin
  • 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.

    Subhmay PatraSubhmay Patra7 kun oldin
  • All I can say is that I think 164K people got trolled. Oh...and the of course the ancient Greeks could see blue.

    James NewcomerJames Newcomer7 kun oldin
  • This isn't true. However, there is are colors that nobody can see.

    Baba BoobearBaba Boobear8 kun oldin
  • Homer was blind...

    Γρηγόρης ΑλεξανδρήςΓρηγόρης Αλεξανδρής8 kun oldin
  • Because God loves the Infantry.

    ZeroCoolZeroCool8 kun oldin
  • When he said "Himba from Namibia" I felt represented 🇳🇦🇳🇦🇳🇦

    Kushi LyonKushi Lyon8 kun oldin
  • Noticing is voluntary

    Alex MamedyAlex Mamedy8 kun oldin
  • Orange is just a very light brown.

    The NiwoThe Niwo8 kun oldin
  • Really good talk, I thought. Fascinating.

    J OlsonJ Olson8 kun oldin
  • I don't know about ancient Greeks but now we are ok

    Green RangerGreen Ranger9 kun oldin
  • 1:53 is this where ‘rainbow order’ came from??

    Lydia LewthwaiteLydia Lewthwaite9 kun oldin
  • Maybe the sky was like jojo part 4

    Electrickiller 098Electrickiller 0989 kun oldin
  • what a load of shit

    Tobias BradleyTobias Bradley9 kun oldin
  • 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?

    Abbie RyonAbbie Ryon9 kun oldin
  • 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😂😂

    • Και για πες μου πως λεγόταν το μπλέ στα αρχαία ελληνικά; Ξερόλα! Stupidity is unstoppable.

      Wake No.Wake No.8 kun oldin
  • 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...

    theSupercasatheSupercasa9 kun oldin
  • For them it was probably just like the colour of air

    comic catcomic cat9 kun oldin
  • 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!

    Alena AdlerAlena Adler9 kun oldin
  • 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.

    Sunshine JudySunshine Judy10 kun oldin
  • 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.

    James ReeveJames Reeve10 kun oldin
  • I like how he is talking about a blind man about colors

    Zissis AlimoudisZissis Alimoudis10 kun oldin
  • Description: *This BLUE my mind*

    RonnanPlayz8175RonnanPlayz817511 kun oldin
  • Basically they didn’t have the word blue?

    Elleila FaresElleila Fares11 kun oldin
  • 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.

    MrShadow8921MrShadow892112 kun oldin
  • 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.

    Connect to the InternetConnect to the Internet12 kun oldin
    • Fun fact in Greek, we have a separate word for light blue today.

      Wake No.Wake No.8 kun oldin
  • 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 uzworld.info/player/video/kbG8oLuvlae7nJY

    Khoa Tran DangKhoa Tran Dang12 kun oldin
  • Because Greeks all had brown on the mind. being you know....

    John SmithJohn Smith12 kun oldin
  • greek gang where u at

    tasoshuntertasoshunter12 kun oldin
  • Am twice the age of this kid and he is amazing .

    MrFattyfatfatboyMrFattyfatfatboy12 kun oldin
  • Because that’s the order in which we see them, the electromagnetic spectrum and all that

    Majo de la GuardiaMajo de la Guardia12 kun oldin
  • 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.

    Rebecca BrattRebecca Bratt13 kun oldin
  • I mean, scp-ex sky blue sky right?

    신동범신동범13 kun oldin
  • ......They still can see blue

    Bethel EleonuBethel Eleonu13 kun oldin
  • I am colorblind. This was weird.

    Aries McDanielAries McDaniel13 kun oldin
  • @AsapSCIENCE I could barely see the light green circle. It was only after you pointed it out to me that I saw it. Interesting.

    KargonethKargoneth13 kun oldin
  • 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...

    J. Miguel BarberiJ. Miguel Barberi13 kun oldin
  • you did not answer the prime question , perhaps you should do a part 2

    Panagiotis MarkopoulosPanagiotis Markopoulos13 kun oldin
  • They didn't have words for these colors.

    Alicen LynneAlicen Lynne13 kun oldin
  • 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...

    Gisela TeubnerGisela Teubner13 kun oldin
    • 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

      Yan ApostolidesYan Apostolides8 kun oldin
  • ancient indian used to cultivate indigo crop which gives them blue,, so it isn't an absence of that color

    Anusree AchuthanAnusree Achuthan14 kun oldin
  • 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.

    Aaron WaldersladeAaron Walderslade14 kun oldin
  • In old comic books black was shaded blue to show shade differences. Superman's hair would be black and blue and Batman is shown as wearing a blue costume though it is black the the blue is supposed to show light shining on the black

    MarvelDcImageMarvelDcImage14 kun oldin
  • People who had NDE'S claim to have seen colors that don't exist yet. I imagine if we could adjust our eyes surgically we could see a lot more colors that have always been around us, but we didn't know it.

    Kenny RiderKenny Rider14 kun oldin
  • not that odd , the american indians had no word for black , they considered it a dark shade of blue ! so the black hills of south dakota , are actually the blue hills !

    Joe MummerthJoe Mummerth15 kun oldin
  • This video is nonsense. They had other words to describe the color that resembles blue.

    Stella AsterStella Aster15 kun oldin
  • While the Ancient Greeks didn't have a general colour called "Blue", they did have words which conveyed the colour. For example, the sky (ουρανός) and ocean (ωκεανός) describe the colour blue. The word "cyan" (κυανό) comes from the Greek word for ocean. There is also the word ουράνη which is the Greek word that describes the colour of the sky and is directly derived from it. So, it's not actually true that the Ancient Greeks didn't have a word for blue - they had many different words for the different hues of blue.

    John GabrielJohn Gabriel15 kun oldin
  • Numbers 15:38 uses the Hebrew word tchelet תכלת, which is the Ancient Hebrew word for the light blue color of the sky. The term occurs quite frequently in the Hebrew bible. There's some half-truths in this.

    Michael NanceMichael Nance15 kun oldin
  • But Quran have mentioned many colors Also *blue*

  • There's a tribe of South American Indians living in the Amazon rainforest that make no cultural distinction between green (like the forest canopy) and blue (like the sky) and use the same word for both colors.

    Joel JosephJoel Joseph15 kun oldin