What Colour is the World Without Light?
Our universe is a beautiful, vast and intimidating environment. As we stare into the infinite abyss of the universe, we see vast nebulae of vibrantly coloured sun factories, dark empty voids and more mysteries than we can comprehend. Everything we see is based on one element of reality; light. It illuminates the world around us and evokes colour from every surface it interacts with. Or does it?
Light and colour are two very deceptive phenomena, yet they form the core of our perception of the universe. Most individuals will consider the eyes to be the windows through which our internal consciousness experiences the external reality. This is one of the hardest illusions to break free from.
When we go into the nature of seeing, we quickly discover that what appears to be is not what actually is. Light is nothing more than information being transmitted from a source, such as a sun. This piece of information is referred to as a Photon. Whenever you are able to perceive light, your field of visual perception is saturated with photons. All of these individual photons are bouncing off all surfaces, reflecting the photon and creating light dispersion. This is how we get the colour spectrum we see day to day.
Before we discuss the colour spectrum further, we must first understand how white light is converted to colour. This is the process of colour dispersion which occurs when white light travels through a medium, such as glass. This causes the photons to move through the medium at different speeds. The photons with the highest charge will have a higher frequency of oscillation and traverse the medium first, while photons with a lower charge will move slower and therefore have a lower frequency. Every colour you perceive is the information of a frequency, demonstrated as nothing more than a wiggly line with peaks and valleys.
The colour we experience can be measured on a colour spectrum. As humans, our biological sensory system can only capture light with a frequency which falls within the ‘visible light’ spectrum. Photons with a longer wavelength are known as Infrared, microwaves and radio waves. Those with a shorter wavelength are know as ultraviolet, x-rays and gamma rays.
When we see something, we see the light which has previously reflected off a surface. As a photon hits a surface, some of the energy is absorbed by the medium off which it is reflected. During this process the frequency of the photon will change, which gives us the perception of the surface having a colour.
Consider an individual with a bright red shirt standing next to a second individual with a dark blue shirt on. Both shirts in truth have no colour, they only have a surface which will absorb some of a photons energy, thereby changing the frequency wavelength of the photons being reflected, resulting in our perception of two separately coloured shirts.
Inside the eye there are three main cones which analyse the frequency of photons. These cones look for three major colours; red, green and blue. Each cone will measure the intensity of the colour and pass this information to the visual cortex. It is the combined intensity of each colour added together which helps our mind to understand which colour it believes it is seeing. It is this calculation of frequencies in our visual cortex which forms the image we see of the external reality.
Of course this only aims to explain the science of how we see colour. As I demonstrated with the example of the red and blue shirts, nothing in reality has a colour. Our entire universe is colourless. In fact, there is no light in the physical universe. Light is a phenomenon which can only be experienced in the metaphysical. Consider that the source of all light is not the sun or the stars, but in fact the eye. If there were no eyes in this world there would not be light.
Our experience of the external reality is not viewed from our eyes; it is manifested inside our minds. Now, if this notion hits you and you believe it completely, then you may get lost in the idea that reality is an internal experience which only exists inside your skull. This is only partially true and it is important to correct yourself because your skull exists in the external world. Our experience of reality is a transactional relationship between our existence in the physical reality and our metaphysical experience of it.
This world which we manifest inside our minds is a form of hologram of the physical reality. We navigate our physical form through reality via this metaphysical manifestation of it. Our visual sense may be the dominant sensory system when we navigate the world around us, but it is not the actual world.
One of the biggest unanswered questions in regards to colours in reality is “Is my red the same as your red?” This question aims to answer weather we experience all colours in the same way, a question which is impossible to answer – at least with our current technology. Considering that the colours we see are nothing more than the frequencies of oscillating photons, we can assume that we take in the same frequencies from these photons. During our early educational years, we are taught the names of colours. Or are we? More specifically, we are taught how to name the different frequencies of photons we see. Because the laws of particle physics are universal, the frequencies of all photons reflecting of the same medium will be subject to the same changes in frequency. This is how we can agree that a certain frequency represents a certain colour. The real question is whether or not our metaphysical interpretations of the frequencies are the same. We may all agree that the sky is blue, but does that really confirm we all have the same colour interpretation of blue?
There are also medical circumstances which may affect the way in which we interpret colours. Colour-blindness is the most common of these conditions. This is when the ability to detect certain shades of colours becomes limited, resulting in an ‘incorrect’ interpretation of the colour the majority will experience. However, colour-blindness is not an incorrect perception of colour, it is just different. Another is Synaesthesia, of which there are different forms of the condition. Grapheme-Synaesthesia is when an individual will see letters and numbers as colours; even if the text they are reading is black. This condition creates and interpretation of colour without the need for photons. Another form removes the need for photons completely. Auditory-Synaesthesia is when an individual will interpret sounds as colours. Something, which according to particle physics should be impossible.
So, what is the answer to the question of “What colour is the world without light?” Well, it is exactly the same as the colours in a world with light. Colours are metaphysical interpretations of the information received by our external sensory system. We are constantly taking in information about the physical reality, analysing and interpreting it as a metaphysical hologram inside our minds. All the colours we consider to exist only exists inside out minds.
(Ferocesmente.com / Article writer: Oliver Bowers )
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