The Color Pink Only Exists in Our Minds

September 1st, 2008

PrismAstute Chad’s News readers already know that colors correspond to various wavelengths of light, as shown when white light is run through a prism or when it forms a rainbow. But the reality is that colors only exist in our minds—the brain takes the output from the eye and interprets it as color. This becomes obvious when we take a closer look at the color magenta (also known as pink). Magenta/pink does not have a related wavelength and does not appear in a rainbow or prism. Yet we still “see” it. The linked article explains why.

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Update: Ars Technica has an article that clarifies some of the internet hysteria over this topic.

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