how do you describe the color RED to a blind person?

October 12, 2008 2:47am CST
hi! if you are faced with a person who was blind since forever, how do you make him/her understand the color RED?
3 responses
• United States
12 Oct 08
Wow- I think this may be the best question ever. I went to to see what it said and really it was NO help. I guess I would tell someone its warmth- that's how I feel when I think of the color red. Warmth, beauty, and love are the 1st things that come to mind that I feel could even begin to describe it.
• Philippines
12 Oct 08
hi dncmanning. thanks for taking time to respond to this. really, it's quite difficult to describe that color to someone who has never seen (literally) anything. same thinking here, i would probably talk about love and pain to give an idea of the color.
• United States
14 Oct 08
I believe the way people do this is to describe what red makes you feel like. Hot, warning, stop.. some might choose passion or romance. Would be really tricky, though.
@jwfarrimond (4474)
12 Oct 08
It's impossible to do so as the perception of colour is a purely visual one and can't be described meaningfully in any other way. It would be possible for that person to understand intellectually that red was a function of wavelength, but I don't know if that would help them to "see" the colour.