Parenting: Pink does not exist!
March 30, 2012 (WPVI) -- If you have a daughter who adores the color pink (as so many do), please prepare her for this new debate: whether or not pink actually exists.
Just think, our children are barely getting over the fact that scientists no longer consider the tiny and beloved Pluto a planet in our solar system.
Robert Krulwich, the science correspondent for National Public Radio, recently posted a blog called "They Did It To Pluto, But Not To Pink! Please Not Pink!" The blog post talks about the topic of pink and the reality of color. It includes a wonderfully produced animated video explaining why pink is not a color.
Krulwich notes that if you look at a rainbow, pink is not there. It starts with red, it ends with violet, but red and violet (which are mixed to create pink) never touch. There is a gap, Krulwich says, meaning there is no single wavelength of light showing a shade of pink. So&pink is, well, made up.
But wait, fans of the color pink! There are those doing battle for your side.
Michael Moyer, a blogger for Scientific American, challenged Krulwich's observations. Moyer's counter-blog is called "Stop This Absurd War on the Color Pink."
Moyer's position is that all colors are made up in our heads. In his blog, he quotes a biologist who said back in 2006 that color is "a sensation that arises within the brain."
So rest assured, Moyer says - Pink is real - or it is not.
This of course leads to all sorts of mind-bending discussions about how much of our world is truly real and what is simply stimuli going on in our heads. Also is poses the question of whether we are all just dreaming and how a parallel universe is splitting off into different possibilities.
Enjoy trying to explain that to your Barbie-loving, cotton candy-eating, pink-favoring daughter.
As mine would simply say, "pink rocks!"
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