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Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Time and NPR bloggers have recently been passing around the somewhat startling assertion that the color pink is simply a figment of our imaginations. As the product of two colors found on opposite ends of the visual light spectrum, pink just doesn't fit into the color wheel as we understand it (and is mysteriously absent from the rainbow). So where does pink come from? Even for someone who doesn't know the finer points of light waves and the electromagnetic spectrum, this idea is an interesting puzzle to ponder.

A YouTube video blogger provides some insight while offering his own amusing take on the pink issue.

Let's relabel all the pink crayons in the world (and all the pink sheep) "not green." =)

It's strange to think our brains could--and would--invent a fictional color palette, and it makes me curious about what other sorts of gaps our brains unconsciously jump over. What about when we're searching for information, or reviewing and constructing ideas? It's easily accepted that we make logic leaps and assumptions when we approach new situations or unfamiliar topics, but it's a horse of a different color (or maybe a sheep) to think about our brain inventing something that's not actually there and then convincing us that it is.

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