Before we go on, let us tell you about something: education. You can never have too much. And for this subject, we’re going to start with understanding Color. Color has always been a subject of particular interest to me because 1) I am (or was) an artist, and 2) I have the common male color blindness ‘pattern’ – meaning weak on reds (10-15% of all males have this, which is why you don’t use red AND green on graphs during presentations and whatnot – a presentation ‘tip’ for you professional folks out there – I’ve been one), and 3: A company actually hired me, a color blind artist, to do computer graphics for them (both creative & technical) – at $25 an hour for about twelve years. So I had to figure some things out . . . and this is what I stumbled across while I was studying the less humorous aspects of ‘subtractive’ versus ‘additive’ color.
Here’s the deal:
When you see something, what you are seeing is the light spectrum which is reflected by the object you are staring at. For example, when you see something “white” what you are seeing is ALL the colors of the spectrum being reflected BACK at you.
Therefore, WHAT is the color of this thing you are staring at (if it is, indeed, reflecting all the colors in the world)?
The color “black”, conversely, is the absence of all visible light spectrum . . .
Now – thinking about it . . . what color IS that certain ‘black’ (or ‘white’) thing you are staring at????
Thinking about it . . . and you will see:
IF an object is WHITE . . . then it must be reflecting all visible color – and therefore the object itself must be black because it is reflecting all visible light BACK at you. Got it?
In other words, if an object appears black, it is in fact absorbing ALL LIGHT IN THE VISIBLE SPECTRUM.
Therefore that “black” object certainly must be white (the presence of all colors) since it is absorbing all of the colors you are throwing at it – and conversely, that “white” object (throwing or reflecting all colors BACK at you) MUST BE BLACK.
Therefore, you are seeing things in a “Dark Universe” . . .
Or put it this way:
If “light” is dark . . . then “dark” must be light (an inverse sort of way of thinking) . . .
all the “dark energy” and “dark matter” that we CAN’T SEE . . . must be part of the Light Universe instead!!!!
Like I said:
Welcome to the Dark Universe.
(PS: If you didn’t understand any of what I said, I suggest you start brushing up on your physics and theory – especially those things which regard “dark energy” and “dark matter” – since our universe seems to be expanding at an ever-increasing rate due to these things (leading to the “Great UnRaveling” or “Great Unzippering”, should what the physicists believe comes true . . .) – and remember: scientists now say we cannot see nor detect over 90% of the ‘known’ universe . . . . which means there’s a LOT of things that aren’t doing a lot of ‘reflecting’.
Just because it’s white doesn’t mean it’s dark . . .
and just because it’s dark doesn’t mean it’s light.
(Just for fun . . . but for seriousness’s sake as well. Go and think about it some – and you’ll see what I mean.)