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IntellectualPerson
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LawsofPhysics
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Black is a color

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IntellectualPerson
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/17/2013 Category: Science
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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IntellectualPerson

Con

I will argue in favor of the resolution that black is indeed not a color.

How black is not a color

1) Let us use Newton's prism to break white light into various wavelengths of each color.



We can measure red, orange, green, etc. However, we can not measure black. Black can not become any more "black" (As we perceive colors). And if we illuminate an area of darkness, even in the very least, the area will no longer be black. It would be gray.

2) Let us use the electromagnetic spectrum.

File:EM Spectrum Properties edit.svg

It consists of every color. Colors reflect themselves, however absorbs every other color. However, black does not reflect any of those colors. It simply absorbs all of them.

Conclusion:

I have come to the conclusion that black is simply the absence of the presences of the visible spectrum colors.
LawsofPhysics

Pro

There is no color defined as being the "absence of the presence of colours".

Also, if you dig down, cover yourself up with dust, and try to fit in in space smaller than a bed, wouldn't that be black?
Debate Round No. 1
IntellectualPerson

Con

Rebuttals:

"There is no color defined as being the "absence of the presence of colours"."

So, you have agreed, and the resolution has been made. Black is indeed not a color.

"Also, if you dig down, cover yourself up with dust, and try to fit in in space smaller than a bed, wouldn't that be black?"

No. The presence of the electromagnetic/visible spectrum colors are simply absent.
LawsofPhysics

Pro

LawsofPhysics forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
LawsofPhysics

Pro

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Debate Round No. 3
IntellectualPerson

Con

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LawsofPhysics

Pro

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Debate Round No. 4
IntellectualPerson

Con

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LawsofPhysics

Pro

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Debate Round No. 5
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Vote Placed by Jay-D 3 years ago
Jay-D
IntellectualPersonLawsofPhysicsTied
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Reasons for voting decision: No one provided any sources, and conduct is tied because the last 2 rounds were forfeited by both. Con could've at least submitted something. Arguments to Con, as Pro only made one statement, and didn't even defend it.
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Reasons for voting decision: I expected Round 1 to be like Round 5 was. Good argument from Con, but finish what you start.