What happens to a child if you never teach them about colors?

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  • Vaarka
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    Let's say that, you the parent, decide to not teach your child about color. Let's say that, for the sake of the scenario, no outside force tries to intervene or attempts to mention color around this child. Putting aside all the morals and whatnot around this, how would this child turn out?

    If I were to take this child at the age of eight, and said child had never even heard of color, and then asked him to describe the sky, how would he answer? Would he try to describe the clouds and their shapes? Would he try to describe it as "bright" or "light"?
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    What happens to a hamster if you never teach them about smell of the shredding at the bottom of their cage?? LOL

    Just because the word 'blue' wouldn't be there doesn't mean they wouldn't see the colour of the sky.
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    Well yeah they'd see color, but they wouldn't know the word for color. They couldn't describe it with color is what I mean
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    They could and would. They'd express it via their version of 'blue' in their communication system.
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    They don't know the word "blue"

    the entire point is that they were never taught color and never came into contact with the words for it. They have no perception as to what color is
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    wrong. which came first? :)
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    what
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    The child would still perceive color, they just wouldn't understand the concept of it. They might describe the sky as looking "cold" or an orange as "hot".

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    I figured that would be the case
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    Well for starters the child wouldn't pass kindergarten.

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    Plato's Parable of the MMORPG,

    Once upon a time there were a number of people who lived in complete darkness and the only thing they could see was their computer screens.

    What they saw on their screens was their reality.

    The only other people they knew were people in-game with magnificent costumes and weapons.

    Sure they had to fumble in the darkness in order to microwave a quick meal, or find their bed when they were exhausted, but those were merely incidental inconveniences.

    Only the game was real.  Only the game was shared experience.  Only in-game places and people and items were quantifiable, able to be observed and verified and shared with other players (quanta). 

    Sometimes an individual would try to explain what kind of food they ate or describe their room (private/personal/unshared knowledge, gnosis) but since none of this information was directly relevant in-game and was fundamentally unverifiable, it was dismissed out-of-hand as unintelligible nonsense.  In fact, even the language they had developed had evolved exclusively for in-game interactions, so there really weren't any proper words for "food" or "room" that were not specifically in-game references, and even more than that, since there was no taste, touch, or smell in-game, there were also no words to properly describe those sensations as well.

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    It might impede learning on some level to some degree, because you developed so much already, learning might not be as easy.
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    colors are described to the blind and or color blind, that might be a good place to start, as how that's done.