Why The Ancient Greeks Couldn't See Blue

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    1. mohammad abdul rahim

      In the end boys, the sky is blue

    2. Mark Boudreaux

      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.

    3. Robert Cuminale

      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.

    4. Gibson Moore

      yeah it is called the Baader Meinhof phenomenon.

    5. איתן כהן

      The Bible has the color blue, תכלת. It is mentioned several times.

    6. Why tho

      All the dislikes are from crip members

    7. Elina Lioris

      Άρα το κυανό και το γαλανό δεν σου λένε τίποτα εσένα?

    8. I M A S H O E

      Blue is the gen z of colors

    9. I Love Ronald McDonald He Is Cool

      You can get dark pink and pale red, their easily recognisable.

    10. tiago game altink

      China yus purple

    11. tiago game altink

      Greek yus blu

    12. tiago game altink

      Egypten jus blu

    13. The Journey

      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

    14. August Booth

      It seems more like they described black as a very dark shade of blue, no?

    15. Samsuffi 200

      I'm blue

    16. Brooque613

      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.

    17. Constantinos Nicolakis

      Ffffffff u fake

    18. Kawa Gucci

      Ancient People : No blu People in 2021 :*queues Eiffel 65 Im blue* and dance

    19. ANIMATOR KiD

      Blue is mentioned in INDIAN EPICS cuz in Mahabharata and Ramayana Rama and Krishna are blue color

    20. thomas aquinas

      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...

    21. Piroclanidis

      Red Black White are All i see In my infancy

    22. Hell of edits 2.0

      Τι μαλακιες λεει αυτος

    23. Serena

      Blue is the new black.

    24. Red

      Μπλε, να το είπα xddd

    25. Pierre Abbat

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

    26. KDD0063

      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...

    27. Ingo Schweitzer

      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?

    28. Serena Birkhead

      3,45,9 this is pi followed by

    29. Dinamike .21

      20 19 18 17 16 15 here we start seeing blue??? WHATA FK

    30. Vivi Marie Fedorov

      Such an underrated color 🔵💠💙📘🇬🇷

    31. HARRY Carry

      Wot no orange??

    32. music by tolis

      I assure you, kids ask “why is the sky blue” in Greece 😌😌

    33. Purple Wolfie 69

      Me a Greek person:...

    34. Dad Time

      I didn't realize I was color blind until now. Literally.

    35. jon a

      therefore mozart wasn’t a genius

    36. dallen3000

      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.

    37. PETER JOHN BRANDAL

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

    38. Hamman Samuel

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

    39. Subhmay Patra

      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.

    40. James Newcomer

      All I can say is that I think 164K people got trolled. Oh...and the of course the ancient Greeks could see blue.

    41. Baba Boobear

      This isn't true. However, there is are colors that nobody can see.

    42. Γρηγόρης Αλεξανδρής

      Homer was blind...

    43. ZeroCool

      Because God loves the Infantry.

    44. Kushi Lyon

      When he said "Himba from Namibia" I felt represented 🇳🇦🇳🇦🇳🇦

    45. Alex Mamedy

      Noticing is voluntary

    46. The Niwo

      Orange is just a very light brown.

    47. J Olson

      Really good talk, I thought. Fascinating.

    48. Green Ranger

      I don't know about ancient Greeks but now we are ok

    49. Lydia Lewthwaite

      1:53 is this where ‘rainbow order’ came from??

    50. Electrickiller 098

      Maybe the sky was like jojo part 4

    51. Tobias Bradley

      what a load of shit

    52. Abbie Ryon

      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?

    53. ΚΩΣΤΑΣ ΛΙΑΚΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ

      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.

      1. ΚΩΣΤΑΣ ΛΙΑΚΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ

        Φιλε σε μεταφραση το εχω και εγω αλλα λεει μπλε😂😂

      2. Wake No.

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

    54. theSupercasa

      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...

    55. comic cat

      For them it was probably just like the colour of air

    56. Alena Adler

      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!

    57. Sunshine Judy

      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.

    58. James Reeve

      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.

    59. Zissis Alimoudis

      I like how he is talking about a blind man about colors

    60. Ronnan Padriga

      Description: *This BLUE my mind*

    61. Elleila Fares

      Basically they didn’t have the word blue?

    62. MrShadow8921

      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.

    63. Connect to the Internet

      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.

      1. Wake No.

        Fun fact in Greek, we have a separate word for light blue today.

    64. Khoa Tran Dang

      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 irvision.info/home/iam9mo2rlqqOocY/fy-lm-h-y.html

    65. John Smith

      Because Greeks all had brown on the mind. being you know....

    66. tasoshunter

      greek gang where u at

    67. MrFattyfatfatboy

      Am twice the age of this kid and he is amazing .

    68. Majo de la Guardia

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

    69. Rebecca Bratt

      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.

    70. 신동범

      I mean, scp-ex sky blue sky right?

    71. Bethel Eleonu

      ......They still can see blue

    72. Aries McDaniel

      I am colorblind. This was weird.

    73. Kargoneth

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

    74. J. Miguel Barberi

      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...

    75. Panagiotis Markopoulos

      you did not answer the prime question , perhaps you should do a part 2

    76. Alicen Lynne

      They didn't have words for these colors.

    77. Gisela Teubner

      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...

      1. Yan Apostolides

        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

    78. Anusree Achuthan

      ancient indian used to cultivate indigo crop which gives them blue,, so it isn't an absence of that color

    79. Aaron Walderslade

      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.

    80. MarvelDcImage

      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

    81. Kenny Rider

      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.

    82. Joe Mummerth

      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 !

    83. Stella Aster

      This video is nonsense. They had other words to describe the color that resembles blue.

    84. John Gabriel

      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.

    85. Michael Nance

      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.

    86. LIMITLESS

      But Quran have mentioned many colors Also *blue*

    87. Joel Joseph

      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.

    88. Alex Victoria

      I wonder this about eastern European languages that have two different words for light and dark blue (eg Russian сений and голубой) and in German, for example where there's a distinction between what we would consider pinks; 'pink' and 'rosa'.

    89. Lauter Unvollkommenheit

      Animals can see color. It would be interesting to know what words they use for them.

    90. kitemanmusic

      The Heblue Bible? (lol)

    91. Der HerrDirektor

      The implications are endless...

    92. Chris Gavouras

      I was about to comment about Egyptian blue but nope! He covered that too😂

    93. Mayra Hoy

      Our language has trained our brains in a million crazy ways 😳

    94. วงศพัทธ์ วิชา 41

      I often argue with my mother about our carpet, my mother said it's green, I saw it black.

    95. Woot_Watdan

      In Thailand Many senior people, especially in the country side will call 'blue' as 'green'

    96. Huseyin Sozen

      Why don't you just check Japanese and Turkish? Maybe Korean, too. I think you might find a difference. There's this word "Aoi" in Japanese which represents the sky color, so is the word "Gök" is used for color blue and the sky in old Turkic. I don't know Korean so I cannot tell for sure, but please do check the others. (P.S: I'm suggesting not because I know it for sure, but because I know some texts one of which is Orkun scripts for Turkish and you can find many Japanese text of the early scriptures they've written after they got the alphabet from China. And maybe Chinese as well. They keep almost everything written.

    97. Enforcement Droid Series 209

      Did no one have blue eyes back then?

    98. vDaBest

      Its 2021 stop being a colourist Every colour exists 😤

    99. Shane

      They never had a word for Orange they was never a word for Orange until Victorian times. The more you know.😊

    100. Vittorio Zamparella

      irvision.info/home/qJmak4yMg9iJrrg/fy-lm-h-y.html