Color Perception Is Not In The Eye Of The Beholder: It’s In The Brain


If you can read stories like this and not envision the human hatchery scene from The Matrix, well, you just aren’t getting it. This is amazing stuff.

I’m presently reading Jeff Hawkins’ “On Intelligence” after hearing Bill Joy refer to it during his NerdTV interview. It’s a fascinating book, which has as one of its central themes the assertion that the brain’s cortex is nothing more than a pattern recognition machine. The input from all our senses — touch, sight, hearing — is essentially the same as far as the brain is concerned. It’s how that input is processed by the cortex, how it meets a certain existing pattern, that defines how we realize what we’re touching, seeing, or hearing.

The story.

First-ever images of living human retinas have yielded a surprise about how we perceive our world. Researchers at the University of Rochester have found that the number of color-sensitive cones in the human retina differs dramatically among people — by up to 40 times — yet people appear to perceive colors the same way.


2 Responses to “Color Perception Is Not In The Eye Of The Beholder: It’s In The Brain”

  1. nicheplayerII » Blog Archive » You thought OS X on Intel was cool? Says:

    […] The work being done to understand human intelligence is going to be one of the — if not the — most fascinating, world-changing areas of research in the next decade. I’m very excited to see what comes of this study. See my previous post on a related subject. […]

  2. Maralynn Says:

    The accident of finding this post has brgneteihd my day

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