Why The Ancient Greeks Couldn't See Blue


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    1. Jethy Mea Diolas

      cyan always looked like a regular blue until i learned the word, now it sticks out, now i know why.

    2. DoritoBoy

      Im from greece

    3. Omar Chowdhury

      I think none of them used the word blue because they didn't speak English. They had their own languages

    4. Rosso Risotto


    5. Lucifer Morningstar

      Ancient Minoans also had blue colours in their buildings

    6. Hagrid

      It is like GeorgeNotFound who learned the colors new after seeing the word with colorblind glasses

    7. Sanhita Guin

      did anyone notice the different green? That that people of namibia could?

    8. Lala Pyo

      This explains why I see teal as just green

    9. Pidgeon

      so basically you just described binary sec and gender. FINALLY. thank you ;)

    10. AndroRana

      The Word *"Blue"* Existed In Hinduism For Many Thousands Of Years!

    11. Ginger May

      My heads spinning

    12. Análises Torá e Talmud

      It is noteworthy that in the Hebrew Bible there is mention of blue, in the passage that mentions the tabernacle and the tzitzit (ritual fringes)

    13. Apostolos Sassalos

      At first I was like "What is your problem with my country " after a few minutes I just loved the video so I did subscribe.😂

    14. typetrouble

      This reminds me of that study of the people with lots of words for scents. They found that these people had a much better sense of smell than native English speakers, since the English language only has a few exclusively scent associated adjectives.

    15. Maya

      Wait- what about the blue colour at knossos?

    16. A random person on the internet

      Ποιος πιστεύει πραγματικά πως οι αρχαίοι Έλληνες δεν έβλεπαν το χρώμα μπλε, λες και ήταν κάτι εξωγήινοι η κάτι τέτοιο. Είναι τόσο δύσκολο να σκεφτείς ότι απλά οι αρχαίοι δεν είχαν την ίδια ονομασία όπως εμείς σημερα; Σοβαρά τώρα "Το μπλε δεν υπήρχε" Κάνε και καμία έρευνα αυτό κάνουν οι επιστήμονες...😒

    17. Drikos KM

      Γεια σε ολους , ειμαι ελληνας I'm greek lol

    18. haris k

      Me a Greek can say that I see blue

    19. PaulR

      I am from Greece and you are very right in Odyssey (which we do in school) not even once the color blue is mentioned

    20. I Miss Kiwi

      So thats why men see only 3 colors

    21. Tyson Villeneuve

      Black and White are all I see, in my infancy, Red and yellow then came to be, reaching out to me, helps me see...

    22. ItsCat

      I'm blue, da ba dee da ba daa Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa

    23. unseen stranger

      The word-image reinforcement feedback loop described in this video sounds like a new discovery, but it's probably safe to just call it 'learning'. It's likely that, after a short training session, any normal non-colourblind human can learn to make these colour distinctions just as quickly as speakers of these langauges, and non-colourblind visual artists of any linguistic background probably outperform non-artist speakers of all languages - they have more exposure to different shades of colours than most other people. Another important point is that languages without unique words (lexemes) for specific colours can always just use adjectival forms, compound words, or phrases to describe those colours, which is very common in the world's languages. For example, blue could be 'watery, water-like' (e.g. Persian: ab-i), 'sky green' (e.g. Zulu: okuluhlaza okwesibhakabhaka), 'real blue-green' (e.g. Lakota: tȟo-ȟča), 'oceanic, ocean-like' (e.g. Maori: ao-moana), 'dark' (e.g. Hawaiian: uli, when used to refer to the colour of the ocean), etc. These compounds and substitutions suggest that speakers of other languages are equally good at making these colour distinctions perceptually, and so a great deal more research is required to confirm that there are in fact differences between speakers of different languages.

    24. Yona Lazar

      Blue is mentioned in the Hebrew bible "techelet" which refers to a light blue

    25. hognoxious

      I call bullshit.

    26. Jo Jo

      Τι λεει ρε ο μαλακας

      1. A random person on the internet

        Ότι οι αρχαίοι Έλληνες υπέστη κάποια σοβαρή μετάλλαξη και δεν μπορούσαν να δουν το μπλε..🤣

    27. mcspartan1227

      The Israelites had a word for blue back when they wrote the old testament and that predates the Greeks. -peace

    28. Danjel Skerfving

      Actually, there are more colors than these mentioned... 😂 From there I wanna got to the fact that it wasn't until the 18th century that humans (westeners at least) learned to tell purple apart from brown - before, they were both brown.

    29. Antonis Bougas

      * for those who speak GREEK: έχει κάνει και η μηχανή του χρόνου κάτι παρόμοιο αξίζει να το δείτε νομίζω είναι πιο κατατοπιστικό:)

    30. Antonis Bougas

      Sources :) ?

    31. Freddie's Cat

      ❤️❤️❤️This is my favourite channel

    32. Eitan Michaeli

      The hebrew bible says "תכלת". Which means sky blue or blue violet

    33. Melusii Cebo

      In my language Blue and Green share the same word, which I still find it confusing, I end up using English words ,makes it much easier

    34. dmat4


    35. Dillan Fullmer

      Yeah no, you're wrong dude. Just because the color wasn't mentioned, that doesnt mean that they couldn't see it, in fact that would mean any other color they didn't mention they couldn't see either, which doesn't make sense. Thats an extremely faulty test of evidence. In fact, there are several Greek words that literally mean blue, so yes, they could see blue. Idiots these days.

    36. The Anti-Swag Corporation

      Maybe they didn't need to include blue cause everyone can see it everywhere

    37. Drakonoborec


    38. repulse21

      “The damn pen is blue....!”

    39. Halloweenville

      In other words only the name blue changes, they did see blue, but they didn't use the word blue, this video could have been 20 seconds long.

    40. Jonathan Sansome

      Purple is in the Bible. Purple was only worn by the very most wealthy at that time because of the outrageous number of snails needed to make that dye needed for that colour of garment.

    41. Bryant Bravo

      I'm spanish, pink is called Color de Rosa (Rose Color aka Red)

    42. Kent Guiller

      At least it's not yellow

    43. No other Like my own skin

      Can you review theses Smart Phones? Smart Phone LG Stylo 6 (2020) & Smart Phone Samsung Galaxy S8+ (2017) What are other phone that you recommend? "Like these popular phones for the world to see".

    44. Bryan Jackson

      It's a cultural thing: some cultures only have two colors, light and dark. English has more words for different colors than any other known language. But that doesn't mean that English speakers can see more colors than speakers of other languages. It is semantic or linguistic, that's all.

    45. jim ewok

      solved kgup.info/get/nWdolaOZf6qiYo8/video

    46. kittynugget

      That was actually mind blowing, I thought they just didn't see it because of genes, because I KEPT FORGETTING TO GOOGLE IT!!

    47. C*60s

      I love how so many commenters just shut this whole video down.

    48. Antonio Locci

      in English there is only blue, in Italian there is blue, azzurro and celeste.

    49. Pedro Henrique

      More Sapir-whorf videos please hahahahha

    50. Giannhss

      sorry what?

    51. Olesya Kryvoruchko

      Red. In old Slavic cultures, color red was associated with beauty. Which made it to modern language Krasny(red)-Krasiviy(beautiful), but in old times Karasniy/aya was the word for beauty. Like the sun. One of the theories is that it was associated with the sun, other theories draw connection to red dye (which was rare to find and expensive), red boots were every girl's dream.

    52. mohammad abdul rahim

      In the end boys, the sky is blue

    53. Mark Boudreaux

      Sorry, the Bible mentions God's throne as being a sapphire hue. Most sapphires are blue and the two names for the color are considered kin. Pink isn't a shade. It's a tint, since white is mixed into the color red to produce it. Shades are produced by mixing the color black into a basic color, either by physical manipulation or changes in light.

    54. 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.

    55. Gibson Moore

      yeah it is called the Baader Meinhof phenomenon.

    56. איתן כהן

      The Bible has the color blue, תכלת. It is mentioned several times.

    57. Why tho

      All the dislikes are from crip members

    58. Elina Lioris

      Άρα το κυανό και το γαλανό δεν σου λένε τίποτα εσένα?

      1. A random person on the internet


    59. I M A S H O E

      Blue is the gen z of colors

    60. I Love Ronald McDonald He Is Cool

      You can get dark pink and pale red, their easily recognisable.

    61. tiago game altink

      China yus purple

    62. tiago game altink

      Greek yus blu

    63. tiago game altink

      Egypten jus blu

    64. The Journey

      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

    65. August Booth

      It seems more like they described black as a very dark shade of blue, no?

    66. Samsuffi 200

      I'm blue

    67. Brooque613

      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.

    68. Constantinos Nicolakis

      Ffffffff u fake

    69. Kawa Gucci

      Ancient People : No blu People in 2021 :*queues Eiffel 65 Im blue* and dance

    70. ANIMATOR KiD

      Blue is mentioned in INDIAN EPICS cuz in Mahabharata and Ramayana Rama and Krishna are blue color

    71. thomas aquinas

      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...

    72. Piroclanidis

      Red Black White are All i see In my infancy

    73. Hell of edits 2.0

      Τι μαλακιες λεει αυτος

    74. Serena

      Blue is the new black.

    75. Red

      Μπλε, να το είπα xddd

    76. Pierre Abbat

      If Hebrew didn't have blue, what was תכלת, and how did it differ from ארגמן?

    77. KDD0063

      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...

    78. Ingo Schweitzer

      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?

    79. Serena Birkhead

      3,45,9 this is pi followed by

    80. Dinamike .21

      20 19 18 17 16 15 here we start seeing blue??? WHATA FK

    81. Vivi Marie Fedorov

      Such an underrated color 🔵💠💙📘🇬🇷

    82. HARRY Carry

      Wot no orange??

    83. music by tolis

      I assure you, kids ask “why is the sky blue” in Greece 😌😌

    84. Purple Wolfie 69

      Me a Greek person:...

    85. Dad Time

      I didn't realize I was color blind until now. Literally.

    86. jon a

      therefore mozart wasn’t a genius

    87. dallen3000

      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.

    89. Hamman Samuel

      And then the Starbucks White Chick started naming every shade of color

    90. Subhmay Patra

      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.

    91. James Newcomer

      All I can say is that I think 164K people got trolled. Oh...and the of course the ancient Greeks could see blue.

    92. Baba Boobear

      This isn't true. However, there is are colors that nobody can see.

    93. Γρηγόρης Αλεξανδρής

      Homer was blind...

    94. ZeroCool

      Because God loves the Infantry.

    95. Kushi Lyon

      When he said "Himba from Namibia" I felt represented 🇳🇦🇳🇦🇳🇦

    96. Alex Mamedy

      Noticing is voluntary

    97. The Niwo

      Orange is just a very light brown.

    98. J Olson

      Really good talk, I thought. Fascinating.

    99. Green Ranger

      I don't know about ancient Greeks but now we are ok

    100. Lydia Lewthwaite

      1:53 is this where ‘rainbow order’ came from??