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Color: what could it be?
Author(s): Rolf G. Kuehni
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Paper Abstract

This article comments on the current interest in the subject of consciousness and the related subject of the nature of color experiences. Color is seen to be a special symbolic language into which spectral power distributions of areas of the visual field, arriving at the retina and related to those of other areas, are translated. With a code of five 'letters,' Y, R, B, G and Gray and modulation of these towards dark and light the information content of an unlimited number of spectral power distributions is efficiently conveyed to consciousness. The philosophical conundrum of 'inverted spectra' is briefly addressed, as is the difference in focal and unique green and the reappearance of red at the short wave end of the spectrum.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 June 2002
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4421, 9th Congress of the International Colour Association, (6 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.464528
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Rolf G. Kuehni, Consultant (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4421:
9th Congress of the International Colour Association
Robert Chung; Allan Rodrigues, Editor(s)

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