Mary the Super Scientist: Are we wasting our time? – pt. 5

A Chemical Orthodoxy

Mary is the most gifted student a science teacher could hope for. She laps up any and all information given to her, with her specialist field being the electromagnetic spectrum, colour, and the way humans perceive different wavelengths of light. She knows everything there is to know about colour – the possible wavelengths of visible light, the biological structures of the rods and cones which respond to that light, and the way the neural circuits connect up as the brain interprets each wave.

Unfortunately for Mary, she has never seen any colours. Not because she is blind, but because she has been raised entirely in a black and white room. She has simply never been exposed to colour.

Let’s get fruity

This is where I go out on a limb. Until now, I don’t think I’ve really said anything new. I’ve simply taken what has become reasonably well-established dogma in…

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