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Blue is so elusive, many ancient languages had no word for it or were slow to come up with one (see next story), like the Ancient Greek of Homer. Blue doesn't really exist in our world but only hovers on its edges. So it is ironic that we all live on a moist pale blue planet. Watch
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RadioLab.org (Story 211213) edited by Wisdom Quarterly
If you're the world-famous Ancient Greek writer Homer -- one of the most influential poets in history -- that color is green. And the sea is "wine-dark," just like oxen...though sheep are violet. Which all sounds, well, really off.
Radiolab Producer Tim Howard introduces linguist Guy Deutscher and the story of William Gladstone (a British prime minister back in the 1800s, who was a huge Homer-phile). Gladstone conducted an exhaustive study of every color reference in the great Grecian epics The Odyssey and The Iliad.
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Jules Davidoff, professor of neuropsychology at the University of London, helps make sense of the way different people see different colors in the same place.
Then Guy Deutscher tells how he experimented on his daughter Alma when she was just starting to learn the colors of the world around, and above, her. More
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