IGNIS Winter 2017-2018 - Page 3

What do you wonder about? Pose your queries and answer questions from others. Contact us at ignis@potentialplusuk.org This edition we ask: WHAT COLOUR IS IT? DID LANGUAGES INVENT WORDS FOR COLOURS IN THE SAME ORDER? In the late 1960s researchers posited that there was a pattern to the development of names for colours in diff erent languages around the world. The debate still rages as to whether nature or nurture is responsible for these results. Our featured video by Vox examines some of the theories behind this; further information can be found at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linguistic_ relativity_and_the_color_naming_debate and in the paper: “On the origin of the hierarchy of color names” www.pnas.org/content/109/18/6819.full Embed video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMqZR3pqMjg Did you know that in Japan some traffi c lights are red, amber and blue instead of green because of the ancient use of the term ao which covers both blue and green? Find out more at: www.rd.com/culture/heres-japan-blue- traffi c-lights?trkid=soc-rd-mentalfloss … and finally, something to ponder: In Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, Octarine is the colour of magic – an eighth colour of the rainbow. What other (non-fictional) colours have we never seen and what do you think they and Octarine would look like in the visual spectrum? OTHER QUESTIONS TO DEBATE: “The Veneer of Civilisation is very thin” – do you agree or disagree with Veneer Theory? Is creativity a bottomless pit? GET WONDERING AND LET US KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS! Hypothetically, how diff erent would the world be without hypothesis? IGNIS 3