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The study of light is one of those subjects that can fill at least bookshelves, and more probably libraries.

I've often thought about light and how people see light.  This study illustrates the way one's perspective can make a huge difference in how one sees things.

We've all seen a rainbow in the sky and admired the wonder of it.  As we should.  All the conditions that have to be present and in alignment for a rainbow to appear are not all that easy to come by.  And the rare double rainbow is something to behold indeed, but that's a study for another day.



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  Many have seen the effect of a prism when white light is split out into component colors.  This is one of those fascinating things that astounds the eye.  How does something as simple as a prism or a patch of water droplets in the sky cause white light to be dispersed and divided into an endless number of colors.  While the old school memory tip of the name Roy G Biv helps us remember the order of colors, the true 'rainbow' is split into countless numbers, not just the typical seven; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.  Also, if the original light source is not full spectrum, the resultant 'rainbow' may appear different.


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  Now let's consider the same conditions as above.  But this time, there's an observer in the prism.  And he is looking to the left.  What light does he see?  If he is intensely staring to the left, is he seeing the light that is to the right?  And if we ask him what he sees, what will he answer?  He will say he sees light is bright and white.  That's it.  Because he is not looking to the right, he has no knowledge of the colors.  His perspective determines his perception and knowledge of his surroundings. Perspective can make all the difference.


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Now let's think about the same conditions, but this time the observer in the prism is looking to the right.  What light does he see?  If he is intensely staring to the right, is he seeing the light that is to the left?  And if we ask him what he sees, what will he answer?  He will say he sees light is all kinds of bright colors, but does he see the bright white - full light?  Because he is not looking to the left, he has no knowledge of the bright white light.  His perspective determines his perception and knowledge of his surroundings. Perspective can make all the difference.

How one looks at the light determines one's understanding.  So to have the best understanding one can, looking at light, studying light, experiencing light, being surrounded by light, and constantly shifting perspective to see light from different perspectives should be a constant endeavor.  I'm convinced that light is at the very core of some of the deepest things in our universe.  And the more we can understand light, the better life we can achieve for ourselves and our species.

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