Posted: Feb 26, 2016 5:07 pm
by ScholasticSpastic
Ah, nice, a thread where I get to side with DavidMcC! This should be tons of fun. :D

Our perception of red is a function of the types and quantities of cones in our retinas. Very simple animals, with levels of neurological complexity which probably preclude attributing conceptual thought to them, are able to perceive and react to the color red specifically, and many of these simple organisms will even modify their reactions as a function of the specific shade of red that they're perceiving.

Unless one proposes a dualistic and/or Idealist model of the world, it stands to reason that perception precedes conception for us.