If I’ve learned one thing from color theory it’s that when presented with options it is notoriously difficult to agree on which shade of red is ‘primary red’. Red-purple, red-pink, pink-purple (magenta) follow similarly. So if you think my Magenta is off, perhaps a discussion on the qualia of pink is in order. Or try adjusting your monitor settings.*
Apparently Newton noticed that although Magenta didn’t appear anywhere in the white light spectrum, it could be produced by superimposing the violet end of one on the red of another. Magenta appeared as a way for our minds to bridge the two ends, so to speak.
Since 1996 and Dolly the clone, we have been hearing about scientists itching to resurrect the Woolly Mammoth. Nothing wrong with that mind you, and I’d love to see it work, but hearing about a single idea so often with exciting claims like ‘…a mammoth will be born in five to six years’ should remind anyone who repeatedly hears it (headline writers) of potential cognitive biases . And you don’t want to start giving in to cliches like ’5-10 years’. Also before you jump into the ‘what if the animals are…” debates that spring up, remember the only resurrected (cloned) extinct animal, the Pyrenean Ibex, lived a whopping seven minutes before dying due to developmental defects in the lungs. I don’t think anyone got gored during that period**. Also for every 5-10 year clone-fantasy there’s an article worth reading that points out the difficulties.
The potential SCI-ENCE MASHTM combos are endless, so if you enjoy occasional randomness or have suggestions, speak– lest it go the way of the Mammoth!***
This post was brought to you by the colorful history of Magenta. What would the history of print comics be without cMyk, afterall?!
*I recently switched to fresh color settings and realized I had been viewing the interwebs in slightly warmer colors than they should have been for quite some time.
**By getting a boulder dropped on it and then turned into delicious steaks, and enjoyed repeatedly for a very long time.