Do You See What I See?

2011 ,    » 72 Comments
Ratings: 6.08/10 from 12 users.

Do You See What I See?Roses are red, violets are blue but according to the latest understanding these colors are really an illusion. One that you create yourself.

Horizon reveals a surprising truth about how we all see the world. You may think a rose is red, the sky is blue and the grass is green, but it now seems that the colors you see may not always be the same as the colors I see. Your age, sex and even mood can affect how you experience colors.

Scientists have unlocked the hidden power that colors can have over your life - how red can make you a winner, how blue makes time speed up, and more.

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72 Comments / User Reviews

    His Forever
  1. His Forever

    I've known this for a long time. I'm extremely colorblind so I know that I don't see the same colors as everyone else. But, I'm very good at shapes and textures. I've found hundreds of four leaf clovers as they just don't seem "right" and I see them almost right away. Can you? ;-)

    P.S. We put the 2 year old to bed and she refused to wear a white diaper; had to be pink (after watching this first clip). Coincidence? Maybe.

  2. Guest
  3. Guest

    Many people in my family are color blind too, my dad being one of them.
    When the kitchen was green in the 70", he saw it yellow,when it became yellow, he saw it green. He was never able to pick his own clothes in a matching kind of way until he got to recognize them other ways.
    I too, am a 4 leaf clover searching engine...just for fun
    Haven't watched this yet. Too busy with Egypt still.

  4. jonathan jackward
  5. jonathan jackward

    its an amazing realization about our reality, also a musical note is a slower vibration of a color really says a lot about the nature of reality.

  6. NAND Gate
  7. NAND Gate

    No, because I dont consider looking for 4 leaf clovers something worthwhile.

    However I can spot a logical fallacy through space and time, as they just don't seem "right" and I see them almost right away. Can you? ;-)

  8. NAND Gate
  9. NAND Gate

    Looking forward to this. A dead honest and probably accurate summary coming up.

  10. Daryl Walters
  11. Daryl Walters

    Wow, fascinating! I just love this site! Thankyou for this doc! Never thought I could be entertained and educated by a doc on colour!

  12. NAND Gate
  13. NAND Gate

    Average. Excellent topic, but once again some giant leaps of faith.


  14. Achems_Razor
  15. Achems_Razor

    Good stuff, watched it before I think, but will watch it again.

  16. His Forever
  17. His Forever

    No, not always. "Logic" is a very individualistic perception of truth, I've found. But, I bet you're an exceedingly boring person to be around for any length of time--with all your expert "fallacy" spotting and all, which I assume you're finding in others and not in yourself.

  18. His Forever
  19. His Forever

    Az, I've liked you from day one! There's a 50/50 chance you've passed on your dad's one colorblind gene to your daughters whom then have a 50/50 chance of passing it on to your grandchildren. Since the gene is on the X chromosome, you've certainly got it from your dad, as does my daughter who got it from me.

    When I go shopping I always tell the clerk (always a woman), "Excuse me, I'm colorblind. Can you honestly pick me out what looks good on me?" Never fails. I always come away looking sharp and well matched. Never stop looking for clovers; it's the little pleasures in life that makes a lifetime that was worth the living.

  20. His Forever
  21. His Forever

    I disagree. It was very interesting. It's a bummer to be me, however, as the squirrel monkeys nosing the red and green spots for food left me jeolous a bit--I couldn't see the green spots at all. If they can install those color receptors in monkeys, then why not people? But, they used colorblind people in the Vietnam war to spot camo equiment from the air---they weren't looking at colors, but shapes, just like my four leaf clovers. When one sense is diminished, another is hightened, I think.

  22. His Forever
  23. His Forever

    The one gripe I have about this film is that they didn't really address the issue of colorblindness and the fact that it's NOT in your brain, like they say color perception really is. They had the genetically mutant woman on there with the extremest form of colorclindness due to no color cones at all, but that was not very informative. Colorblind women are quite rare, by the way. Less than 1% of the female population; mum was one of them. Thanks mom, bless your mismatching heart---got me punched as a kid for getting me that d--- pink bike and teased for mismatched socks, but I love you still!

  24. Kateye70
  25. Kateye70

    Interesting doc.

    When I was at art school one of my fellow students was totally colorblind (he only saw shades of grey). His wife always organized his paints for him, but when he was painting, his paint choices, as he explained it, were for whichever color gave him the value (greyscale) he wanted. He applied the *theory* of color as learned at school, but for him it was an intellectual choice, not an instinctive one. But his grasp of form and detail was marvelous.

    His paintings were vividly colored and beautifully rendered. I remember one painting he did of a marina, but where the rest of us might have painted it with blue water and white boats, his was in shades of pink and green. It was odd to see bright pink barrels floating in the water (they were actually kind of grey and rusted). But if you took a black and white picture of his painting, it looked almost photographic.

  26. NAND Gate
  27. NAND Gate

    Yes, well I can see from your other posts that you are easily "interested". I also notice almost every post is self referential (my color blindness etc), and you can be quite aggressive. So here is an OBJECTIVE reason why I dont find it credible:
    My main problem is with the association between emotion and colour. It is an arbitrary assumption, and reminds me of Freud's theories. We are not all the same.

    And I found it painfully slow.

  28. Younes Benhlal
  29. Younes Benhlal

    like the experiments,language control colors

  30. Mario Zajarnyj
  31. Mario Zajarnyj

    About that banana experiment I think it is the cause of the material and not the color. Look at the lemon and it changes those colors exactly and is more close in color to the yellow box. That experiment seems to be unrelevant. But all in all documentary is not bad for just killing time.

  32. Tyler Partridge
  33. Tyler Partridge


    "When I go shopping I always tell the clerk (always a woman), "Excuse me, I'm colorblind. Can you honestly pick me out what looks good on me?"

    Probably the best pickup line I've ever heard--and adopted. I sincerely thank you :)

  34. Soul
  35. Soul

    Brain does not matter here but the mind.

    Hands is quicker than the eyes...

  36. Truthseeker420
  37. Truthseeker420

    I was JUST talking about how grey it was outside and how much it affects my mood. I live in Ohio so I'm kinda screwed. Blehhhhhhhh

  38. lex lexich
  39. lex lexich


  40. Bill Cameron
  41. Bill Cameron


  42. Bill Cameron
  43. Bill Cameron

    This is not science.

  44. Doug Townsend
  45. Doug Townsend

    Once again look at Einstein's relativity. The faster we go, the longer time passes, and the shorter distance becomes, Time is relative. If colors effect our senses, our neurological status, then it effects our perception of time, in turn, we effect time.

  46. marcosanthonytoledo
  47. marcosanthonytoledo

    Since what we see is light reflecting off the object a slight change in our vision might influence the color that is seen after all there are people who we call color blind who's eyes don't register certain colors and that wold affect their view of the world.

  48. His Forever
  49. His Forever

    I've never been turned down for help, but I was too shy to ask for a date afterwards! Women really do give their honest opinion when you're colorblind. "Oh, that's not good with your skin tone." "Black goes with everything." "Use stripes that go up and down, not side to side." etc. "That's a terrible shade of pea green, try the red instead!" :-)

  50. rich_farrell
  51. rich_farrell

    It isn't a bad documentary, it just isn't amazing. Although there was some science in there, there was also a lot of stuff passed off as science.

    However, the part about the restaurant with the blue light was interesting to me on a personal level. In a couple of days I will be getting one of those blue true-sunlight thingies that are supposed to be good for people with depression and night workers who don't get much sun. I fall into both those categories and the results from the restaurant seemed encouraging.

    Tell you what, in a few days I'll post back on here whether it works for me or not. Of course, it will be no reflection upon the information provided in the documentary. I'm not out to prove anything!

    @Vlatko, although I'm sure you know it, and everyone will agree, you are a hero, sir! I have been using TDF daily for years now, although I have only just begun to comment, and it is part of my daily routine. Even when there is nothing new, I just sit and read the comments for hours, discovering what some of the smartest people I know (through posts) have to say. Thank you for creating this opportunity, and for offering the gift of enlightenment to the world.

    Mark my words, this site will become legendary!

  52. Guest
  53. Guest

    That's something i hadn't thought about yet. My first grand son is only 9 months old....we shall see ...or shoud i say; he will see!

  54. NAND Gate
  55. NAND Gate

    That is what is known as an "ad hominem" attack. A personal attack. It is a demonstration of the subject's inability to make a valid point.

    Logic is logic because its empirical, you nut. Computers dont work on YOUR logic, rofl.

    It is spelled "fallacy" (now edited), and I am full of them. But at least I know myself.

    I love how many people think logic is relative.

    It is not. A computer utilises logic, and it works. It is not YOUR logic. It is just - logic.

  56. His Forever
  57. His Forever

    Az, You can have your grandson tested at about age 4. My son tells me what colors the crayons are when we color (age 4)! Girls take TWO colorblind genes (one from the dad and a hidden one from the mom) to be colorblind also. That's why they're so few colorblind women. IF you passed on your hidden gene, it might not pop up for 3 or 4 or more generations. It could pop in a male child, and people will say, "What? We don't have any colorblind people in our family!" But, maybe you didn't pass on the gene at all and then none of your decendents will be colorblind. No way to tell unless one turns up with colorblindness later on. But, it's no big deal. It one of the most minor of genetic diseases.

    Peace to you!

    Charles B.

  58. Guest
  59. Guest

    I've noticed you've brought up music in your posts several times. Are you a musician?

  60. Vlatko
  61. Vlatko


    Thank you very much for your kind words. Thank you for being around.

  62. His Forever
  63. His Forever

    Az, I edited my reply to you. You said, grandson and I missed it! Doh! Anyway, at age 4 you can tell. Give him crayons and if he can't tell red from green then that's a big hint.

  64. NAND Gate
  65. NAND Gate

    I second that motion. I only started commenting because I couldn't stand reading the (perceived) moronic comments and not challenge them.

    Now days, I see my name mentioned in other posts.

    Thanks for assisting the evolution of ideas.

    You sir, deserve a beer.

  66. NAND Gate
  67. NAND Gate

    At least something he contributed is useful.

  68. NAND Gate
  69. NAND Gate

    100% correct

  70. NAND Gate
  71. NAND Gate

    100% correct.

  72. Anthony Connolly
  73. Anthony Connolly

    I have to admit at feeling a little let down by the last couple of series of Horizon. It was always a must watch show for me. Sadly, it no longer is. Not watched this one yet so would be unfair to criticise.

  74. RiverAsUsual
  75. RiverAsUsual

    Is they?

  76. Guest
  77. Guest

    i had noticed that your perception was often seiing moronic comments.

  78. Trevis Robotie
  79. Trevis Robotie

    hey guys,anyone knows the equivalent of color-blind for a very bad nose?that's me!

  80. Emile Tenia
  81. Emile Tenia

    I'm not claiming to be an expert on the subject (don't know if you are). But I tend to agree with C_and_N. I did find it interesting. Although it shares a lot in common with another Horizon doc called "Is Seeing Believing", so I felt as if I saw it already which is really the only negative I can think of honestly. I also think that you're wrong about writing off the concept of our emotional/mental states affecting how we perceive colour as an "arbitrary assumption".. Because what you don't realize is that regardless of what you want to think it is, ultimately, colour is just the brain's interpretation of a wavelength of light. Wavelengths of light aren't "coloured" until we look at them (much like the existence of sub-atomic particles according to quantum physicists, but that's besides the point). Because of this, our emotional/mental states can absolutely affect our perceptions of them...Because it is actually just a perception. Our mental state can trigger chemical responses which can alter them. We've all experienced tunnel vision or instances of time during fight or flight responses where every little detail seems to stand out dramatically... Even the way we perceive colour during those experiences. Some people may experience dramatic surrealistic departures while others, much less so. That however, does not change the fact that there is an effect. Time density and attention to detail can also be affected by our mental state. So its not erroneous for the doc suggest that.
    I also think that your pseudo-intellectual rants are compounded by the fact that you are willing to choose to insult people who don't hold your views.
    Dogmatic attitudes like that are almost always an indication of either ignorance or a closed minded and frankly, stifled intellect.
    People who demonstrate those attitudes in my experience, are dumber than they sound, and are also unwilling/unable to learn anything beyond their scope of current knowledge. At what age did you plateau intellectually? Just as a frame of reference...

  82. His Forever
  83. His Forever

    I had a friend that couldn't smell a thing; letterally. He left like a dead mole in his car (he was going to skin it -- yeah, he was weird) and it was like **%$^%^^(*&(()^), Eric! Couldn't you TASTE that at least? He had vertually no sense of taste either. He thought he could smell chianne pepper when he sniffed it, and I said, "Ah, no. It's just burning the lining of your nose off! Stop that!" :-)

  84. His Forever
  85. His Forever

    I think so! Good greif, what's your definition of science then?!?

  86. His Forever
  87. His Forever

    I watched the whole thing and really liked it.

  88. His Forever
  89. His Forever

    Yes, nicely said.

  90. His Forever
  91. His Forever

    Psinet: Just something about you that's very unlikeable. Just saying --- "ad hominem" or not. You're like an . . . . . anti-Az; just no fun at all I'm sure all the time.

    P.S. Yes, I corrected my spelling myself, but I guess not before your e-mail was sent.

  92. sylvia_nz
  93. sylvia_nz

    Anosmia. Multiple potential causes including dysfunction of the nose itself, problem/tumour in the central nervous system (brain), and endocrine/hormonal imbalance. If hereditary pattern with delayed puberty, could be Kallmann syndrome. Bottomline - see a doc if persistent symptoms.

  94. sylvia_nz
  95. sylvia_nz

    It's called anosmia. Multiple potential causes including dysfunction of the nose itself, problem/tumour of the central nervous system (brain), and endocrine/hormonal imbalance. If hereditary pattern with delayed puberty, could be Kallmann Syndrome.

    Bottom line - if persistently symptomatic, see your doctor.

  96. tariqxl
  97. tariqxl

    haha my cousin let 1 rip once and I swear it tasted like tomato n onion soup

  98. KsDevil
  99. KsDevil

    A litle light on science with a good dose of gee whiz. Worth watching. Good diversion for drooling blank eyed kids as they are ripped from their video games.

  100. verseinu
  101. verseinu

    During the part about red and blue at the beginning I couldn't help but to think about the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadians, and their respective records. Especially the Leafs and their nearly 1/2 century cup drought!!

  102. StillRV
  103. StillRV

    I once had a very philosophical chemistry professor who pointed out the linguistic loop-hole to color perception. Since there are no defining descriptive terms for colors, there is know true way of knowing if another individual sees the same as you do. I see blue when i see the sky, we all do, and yet without perceiving through my eyes one could never know if what I see is actually red. I simply may call that particular wavelength of light blue because it is what I was taught, regardless of the facts of my individual perception. That always blew my mind.

  104. NAND Gate
  105. NAND Gate

    yap yap yap.

  106. NAND Gate
  107. NAND Gate

    Frankly, I dont care what you think of me. The world is full to overflowing with mo*ons. You spend a lot of time spouting your version of "truth" and "opinions", and then get upset when someone disagrees with them - so don't post them.

  108. NAND Gate
  109. NAND Gate

    Psinet: Just something about you that's very unlikeable. Just saying --- "ad hominem" or not. You're like an . . . . . anti-Az; just no fun at all I'm sure all the time.

    Sif I care about some hippy who spends all her time posting her opinion then getting upset when people challenge them.

  110. His Forever
  111. His Forever

    I've never been a "hippy" myself, but I've liked most that I've met. Life would do you better if you'd stop fault-finding in others and start living it, like she and I do!

  112. NAND Gate
  113. NAND Gate

    "Life would do you better if you'd stop fault-finding in others and start living it, like she and I do!" cannot seriously be so stupid as to not realise you are fault finding me. Hypocrisy is not very appealing. Gimme a break.

    The last thing I want to be is some hippocrite who can't deal with having their public statements challenged and so reverts to personal attacks......

    .....nor to be so naive that I think people should live like me.

  114. His Forever
  115. His Forever

    Challenging my public statements? That's fine. You're just socially rude to everyone, I bet. Needlessly so. You have my pity for your fault-finding life must be nearly joyless.

    As far as challenging public statments, it seems to me you overreact too much. How many names have you called me just in this thread? I think the skillet is calling the kettle black here for sure.

  116. His Forever
  117. His Forever

    Yes, as a colorblind person, shape and detail are very important. I would like to meet him. I supervised the tile placement on our house as I wanted the "shapes" placed the same, and I'd say, "flip it! Trust me, it's backwards!"

  118. His Forever
  119. His Forever

    Yes, I've thought the same thing. My "blue" is not your "blue" I'm sure. I've wondered if that is why some people are better at "interior decorating" etc. as they have just exceptional color perception. We have "super tasters" (peopole with litterally multiple times more tastebuds than the rest of us), so why not super color perception?

    I actually met a synesthede once. Most interesting person I've met colorwise. She told me ever letter had different colors, etc. I was envious.

  120. NAND Gate
  121. NAND Gate

    Wow you are just weird. Accept that life is full of people who dont agree with you, will therefore challenge you - and people dont have to be like you. Now move on.

  122. rich_farrell
  123. rich_farrell

    Having owned a blue light now for over a week, one that simulates the wavelength of the blue light that we get from the sky, I can say that, for me at least, it does make a difference.

    But, then again, I don't get outside in the daytime much, what with being a night worker and all.

    I find that it gives me more energy - not immediately, however, but later on in the night, as if it resets my body clock, having tricked my brain into thinking that it was morning when I used it. That is not what I believe is actually happening - it is just an analogy. I have no idea how the bloody thing works!

    I also use it to meditate in the dark. I just place the light panel in front of me, at the base of my field of vision; put on some satriani; close my eyes just enough so the light from the panel is blurred by my eyelashes, so that it seems as though I am looking into an amazing clear blue sky, possibly on a beach; then get high.

    It's a really good way to meditate. Or just relax. And the last step isn't entirely necessary.

    But, anyway, the point is that in my own opinion the theory that different wavelenths of light can affect us in different ways is absolutely plausible based on my own experiences.

    Blue light, anyway. Haven't really tried any others. Except I notice that I always feel more tense under fluorescent lights.

    Anyone else ever notice that?

  124. StillRV
  125. StillRV

    @ C_and_N; There Are. It all has to do with the two receptor cell types in the eye. One is "Rod" shaped the other "cone" shaped. Your vision is determined by those rods and cones. There is even a gender difference in the ratio of rods to cones. Males have more Cones which lends to greater depth perception and visual acuity, while females poses more rods which perceive color and pattern. I believe this is the result of the early social structure of primates and early man. As the hunter, men needed the depth perception and acuity. Women as gatherers needed the color and pattern recognition to recognize the ripe fruit etc.

  126. Pardeep Singh
  127. Pardeep Singh

    Color perception also differs due to the strength of the neuronal connections in our brain. For example if we are devoid of light and get confined in dark space for a long period of time for years, the strength of neuronal connection fades out and if you were take out of that dark shade to the light you become color blind. Same logic applies to a person who has been blind for all years of life and was to gain an eyesight when he was in his 50's. A same day could be an unhappy and unpleasant day for someone whose dear friend has passed away and the same day could be a pleasant and joyful day for someone who has duly won a lottery. Our mood is affected by the experiences that we have which affects our state of mind ( the senses of vision,touch,taste,hear are all intertwined with our state of mind) so naturally a color vision perception would differ with the state of mood that you have.

  128. Denice Huxtable
  129. Denice Huxtable

    whatever, I got both questions

  130. leigh pierce
  131. leigh pierce

    Interesting topic shame about the annoying music and the programme makers
    pretentious interpretation of the topic!

  132. Carl Frodge
  133. Carl Frodge

    This is fascinating. When will we be able to watch the whole thing?

  134. Beatry
  135. Beatry

    Hello, i'm very interresting to contact this colorblind-man-artist because i'm colorblind too. Please give to him my e-mail beatryx at hotmail dot fr or contact me.

  136. Natalia M
  137. Natalia M

    The babies have language is just that is not our common language in this case english.

    Los bebes tienen lenguaje. Solo que no es nuestro lenguaje comĂșn como la cientifica dijo los bebes categorizan el color solo que en otra escala y utilizan otra parte del cerebro para analizarlos.

  138. bloom
  139. bloom

    StillRV, cones are used for seeing colors and and under bright illumination. Please note that colors can only be best seen under such light condition. Now you're partly right that they have to do with visual acuity because one can see best in bright light. However, cones have nothing to do with depth perception. The retina only perceives two dimensions--height and width. Depth comes about because of binocular and monocular cues. The primary monocular cue is stereoscopic vision, meaning having two eyes that see the same view in different angles. When these two separate views meet as one that is what produces the illusion of depth-- exactly the same as the principle in 3D movies. A few monocular cues are perspective, motion, light and shadow, etc.

    Rods are the receptors in the retina used under dark illumination. Please note that under such light condition one cannot see colors but instead silhouettes or dark objects are seen.

    Cones are mostly concentrated near the fovea, the part of the retina found at its center and where vision is sharpest ( visual acuity).

    Seeing patterns, lines, shapes, is done by both types of receptors depending on the light condition.

  140. Onzinnig Medium
  141. Onzinnig Medium

    To bad they try to 'trick' the watcher. When they say 'this is the picture' the other color is the left (directly opposite to the one they point out later) then when they show the picture again to show what is the differend color they show a differend picture where it is the left one.

    Besides that you monitor might make it harder or more easy but I also notice that when they record the monitor the difference if much more clear then when they show us the picture.

    (I checked it using paint to see the color-code)

  142. D.Master
  143. D.Master

    They deleted the dawn video!

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