Why The Ancient Greeks Couldn't See Blue 

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Robert Cuminale
The Hebrew Bible has numerous references to the color blue. There were numerous parts in the temple that used blue, curtains, doors, decorations like pomegranates, the ephod, loops on the curtains,etc. Start with Exodus 25:4 to Ezekiel 27:7 and you see the examples. The tallis of our corners that men were to wear was to have a thread of blue in it. I use a concordance, Strong's Exhaustive Concordance is the best to me.
Gibson Moore
Gibson Moore 2 hours ago
yeah it is called the Baader Meinhof phenomenon.
איתן כהן
איתן כהן 5 hours ago
The Bible has the color blue, תכלת. It is mentioned several times.
Why tho
Why tho 10 hours ago
All the dislikes are from crip members
Elina Lioris
Elina Lioris 18 hours ago
Άρα το κυανό και το γαλανό δεν σου λένε τίποτα εσένα?
I M A S H O E 21 hour ago
Blue is the gen z of colors
I Love Ronald McDonald He Is Cool
You can get dark pink and pale red, their easily recognisable.
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China yus purple
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Greek yus blu
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Egypten jus blu
The Journey
The Journey Day ago
Seeings how im a scholar of such things. In the Bible, the word 'blue' occurs fifty times, all of which are in the Old Testament. The Hebrew word translated as this color is tekeleth (Strong's Concordance #H8504), which is a reference to the animal from which the dye is obtained. Its meaning in Scripture is that of representing God (Exodus 24:10, 25:3, 38:18, Numbers 4:6 - 12, 2Chronicles 2:7, Ezekiel 1:26, etc.), royalty (Esther 1:6, Ezekiel 23:6, Jeremiah 10:9), riches (Ezekiel 27:7, 24) or service to God and godly living (Exodus 28:6, 8, 13, 31, Numbers 15:38 - 40, Esther 8:15). Exodus, written about 1468 bc, this is not a well researched video
August Booth
August Booth Day ago
It seems more like they described black as a very dark shade of blue, no?
Samsuffi 200
Samsuffi 200 2 days ago
I'm blue
Brooque613 2 days ago
Um, blue IS mentioned in the Hebrew bible. The word Techelet (תְּכֵלֶת) is a specific blue shade that comes from a sea snail and is mentioned in the book of Numbers. It's also found in other Hebrew texts like the story of Queen Esther where it's mentioned alongside Argaman (אַרְגָּמָן), which is purple.
Constantinos Nicolakis
Ffffffff u fake
Kawa Gucci
Kawa Gucci 2 days ago
Ancient People : No blu People in 2021 :*queues Eiffel 65 Im blue* and dance
ANIMATOR KiD 2 days ago
Blue is mentioned in INDIAN EPICS cuz in Mahabharata and Ramayana Rama and Krishna are blue color
thomas aquinas
thomas aquinas 2 days ago
Blue dye from shells was one of the few colors that could be controlled in those days. So, I wonder if this blue story is true...
Piroclanidis 3 days ago
Red Black White are All i see In my infancy
Hell of edits 2.0
Τι μαλακιες λεει αυτος
Serena 3 days ago
Blue is the new black.
Red 3 days ago
Μπλε, να το είπα xddd
Pierre Abbat
Pierre Abbat 3 days ago
If Hebrew didn't have blue, what was תכלת, and how did it differ from ארגמן?
KDD0063 3 days ago
what a clickbait lying title. you offer no proof they couldn't see blue. They saw blue and just considered it a shade of another color because it was uncommon...
Ingo Schweitzer
Ingo Schweitzer 3 days ago
Trying to explain the logic sounds so illogical. At no time of a clear DAY do I ever see black when I look skyward. It would be more believable that the sky actually was different due to whatever; lots of volcanic eruptions, massive dust clouds happening more often - whatever. But describing the sky as wine-dark doesn’t even hint at blue. And if all the ancient civilizations did the same thing, why do we think they just didn’t know how to describe what we see?
Serena Birkhead
Serena Birkhead 3 days ago
3,45,9 this is pi followed by
Dinamike .21
Dinamike .21 3 days ago
20 19 18 17 16 15 here we start seeing blue??? WHATA FK
Vivi Marie Fedorov
Such an underrated color 🔵💠💙📘🇬🇷
HARRY Carry 4 days ago
Wot no orange??
music by tolis
music by tolis 4 days ago
I assure you, kids ask “why is the sky blue” in Greece 😌😌
Purple Wolfie 69
Purple Wolfie 69 4 days ago
Me a Greek person:...
Dad Time
Dad Time 4 days ago
I didn't realize I was color blind until now. Literally.
jon a
jon a 4 days ago
therefore mozart wasn’t a genius
dallen3000 4 days ago
I've noticed a similar effect, and is part of the reason I became a motorcyclist. After realizing how little my mind recognized motorcycles on the road, I started riding so that I would notice them more.
Your presentation is flawed since the ancient Greeks had two words for different shades of blue: Cyanó and Galanó.
Hamman Samuel
Hamman Samuel 4 days ago
And then the Starbucks White Chick started naming every shade of color
Subhmay Patra
Subhmay Patra 4 days ago
Ancient Indian texts does have reference to the colour blue. Many ancient texts in India describes lord Shiva as "Neelakantha" where "Neela" means blue and "Kantha" means throat. The one who has a blue throat. Many gods and goddesses in India are also depicted and described as Blue in colour (Representing their Blue aura) like Goddess Kali (She is also depicted a Black though), Goddess Tara, Lord Krishna and Lord Rama. All were blue. There are also many descriptions of Blue Lotus in ancient Indian texts.
James Newcomer
James Newcomer 4 days ago
All I can say is that I think 164K people got trolled. Oh...and the of course the ancient Greeks could see blue.
Baba Boobear
Baba Boobear 4 days ago
This isn't true. However, there is are colors that nobody can see.
Γρηγόρης Αλεξανδρής
Homer was blind...
ZeroCool 5 days ago
Because God loves the Infantry.
Kushi Lyon
Kushi Lyon 5 days ago
When he said "Himba from Namibia" I felt represented 🇳🇦🇳🇦🇳🇦
Alex Mamedy
Alex Mamedy 5 days ago
Noticing is voluntary
The Niwo
The Niwo 5 days ago
Orange is just a very light brown.
J Olson
J Olson 5 days ago
Really good talk, I thought. Fascinating.
Green Ranger
Green Ranger 6 days ago
I don't know about ancient Greeks but now we are ok
Lydia Lewthwaite
Lydia Lewthwaite 6 days ago
1:53 is this where ‘rainbow order’ came from??
Electrickiller 098
Maybe the sky was like jojo part 4
Tobias Bradley
Tobias Bradley 6 days ago
what a load of shit
Abbie Ryon
Abbie Ryon 6 days ago
Could this be part of the reason women seem to see more colors than men? Because they have been “trained” with more color names and such?
Thiw is the stupidest thing I have heard. I am Greek and at school at 3 class of junior highschool we have subjct called Helene(Ελενη) from Euripidis(Ευριπιδης). At the book which is exact translation of the ancient text, at a scene a caractere named Menelaos(Μενελαος) sayw that he was travelling at the wide blue sea. So thiw video says bullshit and I hope nobody takes it seriously.
Φιλε σε μεταφραση το εχω και εγω αλλα λεει μπλε😂😂
Wake No.
Wake No. 5 days ago
Και για πες μου πως λεγόταν το μπλέ στα αρχαία ελληνικά; Ξερόλα! Stupidity is unstoppable.
theSupercasa 6 days ago
Was anyone else, by the end of this video, like, looking at the sky or the guys blue shirt and be like: well, yep, that totally looks just like a brighter shade of black though...
comic cat
comic cat 6 days ago
For them it was probably just like the colour of air
Alena Adler
Alena Adler 6 days ago
If only there were a language where learners could tell the nouns from the verbs, and the adverbs from the adjectives just as soon as they started learning it... oh wait there is!
Sunshine Judy
Sunshine Judy 7 days ago
I think that this is more than just interesting, and it is that. But moreover, this finding has serious implications for what has become of American English today, particularly among younger people , people who are addicted to texting and social media,who like to speak in initials and abbreviations. For many people, our language has become tremendously simplified. For example, the word “awesome“ almost has no meaning at all, when it used to mean something that was really awe-inspiring. The same simple words are used these days over and over. People have become lazy, perhaps - whatever it is, many people are not learning to use synonyms, they are not making the effort to use language to define nuances. So what you are saying is that this simplified use of language also makes people’s minds “simpler” e.g., dumber - Maybe less capable of understanding complex ideas. If so, I find that scary. We live in a very complicated world now, and we need for people to be able to perceive and understand complex ideas. And it starts with an understanding of our language.
James Reeve
James Reeve 7 days ago
One correlation in the development of language could also be the way human's vision develops. When babies are born, they first see black and white, with red being next, followed by yellow, green blue.
Zissis Alimoudis
Zissis Alimoudis 7 days ago
I like how he is talking about a blind man about colors
Ronnan Padriga
Ronnan Padriga 8 days ago
Description: *This BLUE my mind*
Elleila Fares
Elleila Fares 8 days ago
Basically they didn’t have the word blue?
MrShadow8921 9 days ago
Lol the ancient Egyptians developed what is called Egyptian blue from calcium copper silicate, a natural resource found in the Nile Valley. Some of the oldest examples are displayed in the temple reliefs of Pharoah Ka-Sen of the first dynasty in the Old kingdom more than 5000 years ago. Approximately 2500 years before Greek civilization began.
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For the same reason as with pink, I definitely think we should have separate words for "blue" and "light blue", "green" and "light green", etc.
Wake No.
Wake No. 5 days ago
Fun fact in Greek, we have a separate word for light blue today.
Khoa Tran Dang
Khoa Tran Dang 9 days ago
I just found out that in this vid, langfocus also briefly mentioned how people speaking defend languages perceives colors, interesting how the vid is basically a rant but has very good info in it us-first.info/player/video/jt2Mm4-rlXuLnpM.html
John Smith
John Smith 9 days ago
Because Greeks all had brown on the mind. being you know....
tasoshunter 9 days ago
greek gang where u at
MrFattyfatfatboy 9 days ago
Am twice the age of this kid and he is amazing .
Majo de la Guardia
Because that’s the order in which we see them, the electromagnetic spectrum and all that
Rebecca Bratt
Rebecca Bratt 10 days ago
Comparing it to language was very helpful. My ex is Lao so I was constantly exposed to the language (I also was exposed to similar languages like Thai a lot). At first it was just gibberish to me. I still don't understand a word (okay, I know like 4 words), but I can tell when it's Lao being spoken as opposed to Thai bc of certain patterns I picked up on over time.
신동범 10 days ago
I mean, scp-ex sky blue sky right?
Bethel Eleonu
Bethel Eleonu 10 days ago
......They still can see blue
Aries McDaniel
Aries McDaniel 10 days ago
I am colorblind. This was weird.
Kargoneth 10 days ago
@AsapSCIENCE I could barely see the light green circle. It was only after you pointed it out to me that I saw it. Interesting.
J. Miguel Barberi
J. Miguel Barberi 10 days ago
This is called the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis of Ethnolinguistics. You got something wrong, and repeated it many times: people whose language don't have a word for a colour (for example "blue") can still tell the difference between blue and any other colour BUT... If you ask them "what is that colour?", they don't have a different word to tell it apart. And, if you give them three objects, lets say a blue scarf, a green ball and a black paper, they would know they have three different colours, but if you ask them later "what colour was the scarf?" they wouldn't remember, and would tell you either green or black...
Panagiotis Markopoulos
you did not answer the prime question , perhaps you should do a part 2
Alicen Lynne
Alicen Lynne 10 days ago
They didn't have words for these colors.
Gisela Teubner
Gisela Teubner 10 days ago
The ancient Greeks had contacts with Egypt and at least there, blue is the most important colour, that's why I find that hard to believe. We are all humans, greeks included, and can see the same spectrum...
Yan Apostolides
Yan Apostolides 5 days ago
Blue existed, Greeks and all other ancient cultures could see it. The title and premise of the video is shit. Low resolution explanations resemble complete lies. aeon.co/essays/can-we-hope-to-understand-how-the-greeks-saw-their-world
Anusree Achuthan
Anusree Achuthan 11 days ago
ancient indian used to cultivate indigo crop which gives them blue,, so it isn't an absence of that color
Aaron Walderslade
Aaron Walderslade 11 days ago
Orange is also the same colour as red, just a lighter version. Both are from magenta and yellow light combined. So you'll equally find orange missing from early cultures. The early cultures probably saw blue as a sort of grey. Somewhere between white and black. And they would have had very few actual grey objects. The exact classification of colours probably coincides with the more exact mixing of colour for representational painting.
MarvelDcImage 11 days ago
In old comic books black was shaded blue to show shade differences. Superman's hair would be black and blue and Batman is shown as wearing a blue costume though it is black the the blue is supposed to show light shining on the black
Kenny Rider
Kenny Rider 11 days ago
People who had NDE'S claim to have seen colors that don't exist yet. I imagine if we could adjust our eyes surgically we could see a lot more colors that have always been around us, but we didn't know it.
Joe Mummerth
Joe Mummerth 12 days ago
not that odd , the american indians had no word for black , they considered it a dark shade of blue ! so the black hills of south dakota , are actually the blue hills !
Stella Aster
Stella Aster 12 days ago
This video is nonsense. They had other words to describe the color that resembles blue.
John Gabriel
John Gabriel 12 days ago
While the Ancient Greeks didn't have a general colour called "Blue", they did have words which conveyed the colour. For example, the sky (ουρανός) and ocean (ωκεανός) describe the colour blue. The word "cyan" (κυανό) comes from the Greek word for ocean. There is also the word ουράνη which is the Greek word that describes the colour of the sky and is directly derived from it. So, it's not actually true that the Ancient Greeks didn't have a word for blue - they had many different words for the different hues of blue.
Michael Nance
Michael Nance 12 days ago
Numbers 15:38 uses the Hebrew word tchelet תכלת, which is the Ancient Hebrew word for the light blue color of the sky. The term occurs quite frequently in the Hebrew bible. There's some half-truths in this.
LIMITLESS 12 days ago
But Quran have mentioned many colors Also *blue*
Joel Joseph
Joel Joseph 12 days ago
There's a tribe of South American Indians living in the Amazon rainforest that make no cultural distinction between green (like the forest canopy) and blue (like the sky) and use the same word for both colors.
Alex Victoria
Alex Victoria 12 days ago
I wonder this about eastern European languages that have two different words for light and dark blue (eg Russian сений and голубой) and in German, for example where there's a distinction between what we would consider pinks; 'pink' and 'rosa'.
Lauter Unvollkommenheit
Animals can see color. It would be interesting to know what words they use for them.
kitemanmusic 12 days ago
The Heblue Bible? (lol)
Der HerrDirektor
Der HerrDirektor 13 days ago
The implications are endless...
Chris Gavouras
Chris Gavouras 13 days ago
I was about to comment about Egyptian blue but nope! He covered that too😂
Mayra Hoy
Mayra Hoy 13 days ago
Our language has trained our brains in a million crazy ways 😳
วงศพัทธ์ วิชา 41
I often argue with my mother about our carpet, my mother said it's green, I saw it black.
Woot_Watdan 14 days ago
In Thailand Many senior people, especially in the country side will call 'blue' as 'green'
Huseyin Sozen
Huseyin Sozen 14 days ago
Why don't you just check Japanese and Turkish? Maybe Korean, too. I think you might find a difference. There's this word "Aoi" in Japanese which represents the sky color, so is the word "Gök" is used for color blue and the sky in old Turkic. I don't know Korean so I cannot tell for sure, but please do check the others. (P.S: I'm suggesting not because I know it for sure, but because I know some texts one of which is Orkun scripts for Turkish and you can find many Japanese text of the early scriptures they've written after they got the alphabet from China. And maybe Chinese as well. They keep almost everything written.
Enforcement Droid Series 209
Did no one have blue eyes back then?
vDaBest 15 days ago
Its 2021 stop being a colourist Every colour exists 😤
Shane 15 days ago
They never had a word for Orange they was never a word for Orange until Victorian times. The more you know.😊
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Nani Andrea
Nani Andrea 16 days ago
This is weird i heard an spanish channel copy this idk
Sharlene Silan
Sharlene Silan 16 days ago
Now I'm overthinking colors
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