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Random thought of the day

If we assume that the commonly accpeted idea about early man is correct, that men were hunters and women gatherers, I wonder how much of that was simply because men are much more likely to be colour-blind, and therefore have a harder time differentiating bewteen poisonous and non-poisonous gathered food.

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curgoth
Oct. 13th, 2004 07:33 am (UTC)
This came from thinking about Settlers of Catan online, which has problems for colour-blind people, since most of the board is just shades of red, green and brown.

There is a reason that people seldom ask me "what are you thinking about?" again after I give them an honest answer...
djinnthespazz
Oct. 13th, 2004 07:36 am (UTC)
Oh, no... that wasn't derisive laughter - that was survival of the species laughter...

It's pretty much a miracle we've made it this far.

And I like hearing about the weird stuff in other people's heads. It's a good way to stretch my brain a little.
djinnthespazz
Oct. 13th, 2004 07:37 am (UTC)
And the designers of the on-line game should throw a background texture behind the colors, so that the distinction is clear even if you don't catch the colors. That's a simple fix, without changing the game board much at all for those who are accustomed to it's current look.
curgoth
Oct. 13th, 2004 07:45 am (UTC)
Yeah, the developers said there were working on it, though I didn't check the date on that update on their page. I wish they would, though, because even with my pretty good (i.e., non-colour blind) colour vision, I find it kind of hard to tell the "red" they have for clay from the "brown" they have for forests.

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