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Daniel5723
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MAVER1CK
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Black is a color

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Daniel5723
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/6/2015 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Daniel5723

Pro

In this debate,the pro (me) will argue reasons why black is a color.The con (whoever accepts the debate) will argue reasons why black is not a color but the absence of color.The first round is just accepting.Rounds 2-4 will be the debate.
MAVER1CK

Con

Lets do it
Debate Round No. 1
Daniel5723

Pro

According to Merriam-Webster black is "Having the very dark COLOR of coal or the night sky."Also black has a hex number (#000).If it was not a color it would not have a hex number.I would like to thank my opponent for accepting this challenge.
MAVER1CK

Con

Black is referred to as a color in many of areas of our lives. When a police officer asks you the color of the shirt donned by the man who stole your unicycle, it's not often that you would say "It wasn't a color". That would be ridiculous, therefore we say Black because that's what our eyes perceive it as--a color.

When I say that black is not a color, first we must understand exactly what a color is.
Color is the visual perceptual property in humans.
The colors we see are based on a visible spectrum of light. The different colors we see are based on how much light is reflected back to the visual receptors in our eyes. This comes into play when we are deciding on whether or not black is a true color. Here's the deal- White reflects light and is the presence of all colors. Black- Absorbs all color and is the absence of all color.

Here's the question you have to answer...Would you consider something completely absent of color to be considered a true color? Is a PB&J - PB still a PB&J?
Debate Round No. 2
Daniel5723

Pro

The point is, black is not the absence of color.Black has shades just like every other color does.Get two things that are black.You will notice that they both look a little different but they are both black.Also,some combinations of two colors make black.For example red and green.So how can two colors put together make the absence of color.It just doesn't make sense.
MAVER1CK

Con

I'm going to address your arguments.

1) Black has different shades therefore it is a color.
Here's the problem with this argument. There is only one TRUE shade of Black. The true "shade" of black is one in which absolutely no light or color is reflected back to the eye. This is why black holes appear black. It's because they are so strong that absolutely no light is able to escape them. They appear BLACK because there is NO COLOR being reflected back to the eye.

2) Two colors/Multiple colors can be mixed to create black.
This argument is somewhat similar to the first. When you mix colors to the point where they appear very dark and can be considered black, it's not truly black. You can mix colors all you want but you will not be able to achieve true black. It's a very dark grey or charcoal.

True black is the absolute lack of light/color. For something to be TRULY black it must have no color or light.
Debate Round No. 3
Daniel5723

Pro

Daniel5723 forfeited this round.
MAVER1CK

Con

MAVER1CK forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by Kukithan 1 year ago
Kukithan
Are you sure want to do this?
Posted by Kukithan 1 year ago
Kukithan
This an odd debate, since black both a lack of color and and every color. Black is a lack of light or the presence of every pigment.
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Vote Placed by RoyLatham 1 year ago
RoyLatham
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Reasons for voting decision: There are multiple definitions of "color" including what is perceived, the property of the surface, and spectrum of an emitting light source. Pro correctly cited one of the definitions, the color of a surface. Con did not show Pro's definition was wrong, but referenced a different definition. The sense used for "black paint" -- the color of a surface -- is the most common definition, and Pro correctly cited it.