how would you describe the color red to a person?

Philippines
June 25, 2008 8:35am CST
that's an easy question to answer right? but here's th deal, the real question i have in mind.. how would you describe the color red to a person who was blind from the day he was born?
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@Lindery (853)
• Latvia
11 Feb 09
I don't know really, the only thought which came in my mind was that I would tell the blind person to "look" up straight in the sun, I usually get red sparkles in my eyes after getting sun dazzled. Maybe the blind person would see the same red sparkles. But how would he/she know that's the red? I have no idea.
• India
3 Jul 11
This sounds good. Any blind person may feel some light in a similar way we see the veiled brightness behind the eyelids when we close our eyes and 'look' at the bright sun.
@aureliaz (1178)
• Singapore
25 Jun 08
In addition to the touch method of describing, I think I would also try to describe it through emotions. I would tell the person to recall feelings of extreme anger and/or passion and that would be red.
• Philippines
27 Jun 08
does intense emotion equivalent to the color red? yeah i know with regards to real anger, red can be linked.. but how about intense emotion of happiness? can we still connect red with it? im just curious.. lol
@spalladino (17921)
• United States
25 Jun 08
Helen Keller, who was blind and deaf, learned about colors when her teacher related them to touch. She had Helen touch something hot and signed the word "red" against her palm, then she had her touch something cold and signed "blue" against her palm.
• Philippines
25 Jun 08
really? how did she make it sure that she is correct with her designation of colors? i think she was just that good that she made a way to identify colors.. thanks for the information you shared!
• Philippines
13 Sep 11
I would ask him to describe a feeling related to love or danger and tell him that it would be something like that.
@jeiyah_12 (1041)
• Philippines
25 Jun 08
I think I'll connote it with FIRE... Red is somehow a fiery color, it is use to described hot surfaces and stuffs. I think connoting it with FIRE is the best way to describe it in a blind person.
• United States
25 Jun 08
I would tell them that it looks like fire feels. That's the best I could come up with.
• United States
25 Jun 08
I've come across this question before, but after years of thinking about it, I think I would say that it would be useless to describe colors to anyone who can't see them. They just wouldn't be able to relate. I know that's not what you or anyone else who asks this question is looking for in an answer, but that's how I realistically see it. A blind person who has never seen colors would have no use for them as they would be meaningless. The only thing they might need is some help with color-coordinating their clothes so that they don't look strange to sighted people.