By RazzaTazz 3 Comments
By this point I am getting fairly immersed into the recent Green Lantern stories seeing as I have read about half of both of the most recent series to the halfway point. One of the major developments as everyone even remotely familiar with DC should know is the proliferation of Lantern Corps of different emotional derivation and different associated colours along with them. I like the overall concept except for one particular aspect (and this is the scientist in me coming out again) - there are no such things really as specific colours, it is only how humans choose to perceive them and define them. Indeed if you look at the colour indigo on the colour spectrum most people will just call it blue or purple and have no real idea where it starts or ends. Therefore in terms of the application of this to the new Corps, it is a very human centric view. I am not a very big Douglas Adams fan, but I know in one of his books he talks about a creature that can smell colours (which is kind of silly and non-scientific) but this example highlights this problem, that different species would have different abilities aty recognizing colours and even if they had the same as ours, there is no reason to think that there would be three, or ten or thirty different colours. It is reasonable I suppose to assume that if a self aware intelligent being elsewhere in the universe would have something similar to a verterbrate eye, but even among vertebrate eyes there are different qualities (for instance chickens can see in ultraviolet.) So where there are seven coloured corps in DC there could really be a lot more or a lot less. There is also the matter of cultural significance, for instance in the spectrum red is associated with rage, tying into the comon saying "seeing red" but it is not necessarily the case that seeing red would mean the same thing to all cultures or organisms (seeing red is partially a literal statement after all as when humans get angrey blood rushes to their faces.) A culture which was very peaceful would interpret seeing red differently, as might a culture that was very martial. Of course this can as always be explained that the stories are being written by humans for humans and therefore have this bias, but it is also interesting to think that colours have no real scientific or cultural value other than what we give them.