Re: Seeing a wider spectrum
Wed, 4 Aug 1999 22:18:32 EDT

In a message dated 8/4/99 14:36:55, you wrote:

>I understand that there *are* people who can see
>into the ultraviolet.

Yes; people who have had cataracts removed.

>Does anyone know if anyone has compared the
>descriptions that test subjects
>provide of what they're seeing with the
>descriptions that aura-seers report? Are there other plausible explanations
>for what these people say
>they're seeing?

Synesthesia. A non-trivial percentage of people experience colors with certain sounds, although the exact color for a given sound varies with the person. The composer Skriabin had this and wrote a list of notes and their corresponding colors. A contemporary of Rimsky-Korsakov (I forgot who) also made a list, which differs.

>And any pointers to subject descriptions of UV colors?

An extremely deep purple, flecked with transient green dots (which come from fluorescence of optical pigments).