ܒܪܫܝܬ ܐܝܬܘܗܝ ܗܘܐ ܡܠܬܐ ܘܗܘ ܡܠܬܐ ܐܝܬܘܗܝ ܗܘܐ ܠܘܬ ܐܠܗܐ ܘܐܠܗܐ ܐܝܬܘܗܝ ܗܘܐ ܗܘ ܡܠܬܐ
Radiolab: Why Isn’t The Sky Blue
In this segment of the Radiolab show Colors, Jad and Robert have stimulated something I have always been curious about. Namely, Words, language, categories, descriptions and how those concepts shape our beliefs and interpretations of reality. It gives an eerie and mystical sense to the biblical phrase “Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος, καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν, καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος.‘” Which in most modern translations reads, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
In Greek, the word “Logos” is the word that most often gets translated over to “Word.” It also connotes thought, speech, meaning, reason, or logic among other things.
To know blue is to have a word for blue, the thought of blue, a meaning for blue or the logic of blue. Before that, it doesn’t exists, at least not in the sense that blue registers in our mind as blue, a color that we see and communicate.
And then the agreed truth or belief that the sky is blue means that the weight of that agreed truth will influence our reality in an observable fashion. Words and thoughts…that’s powerful stuff.