Can you describe a color?

“What does color blue look like?”

This wonderful clip reminded me of the philosophical argument of Mary’s Room.

Mary is a neuroscientist who has dedicated her life in learning about the perception of color and the mechanisms behind light emission.

Here’s the catch: She has never directly experienced color before. Her room is vacant of color.

After she leaves the room with the knowledge she has obtained, she see’s the color red for the very first time thus learning something new: What red looks like.

Was it possible for Mary to have described the color before observing it for the first time?


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