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What if you knew everything about color except what it looked like? You knew tomatoes are red, grass is green, and the sky is blue, but you had never experienced it for yourself.  is is the basis of a thought experiment
by Frank Jackson, called “Mary, the Colorblind Neuroscientist.”
Mary knows everything there is to know about color. She understands how the eye perceives color, she knows the frequencies of light associated with each part of the visible spectrum. And yet, she has spent her entire life in a black and white world, and observes everything on a black and white monitor.
One day, a door opens and she steps out into the real world, a world in living
color. What happens?
No amount of theory or abstract information about color can compare with the actual experience of color. It’s not that Mary’s theories about color are wrong; it’s just that
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