October is Breast Cancer Awareness and the "pink ribbon" promotes awareness for a disease that has taken the lives of many loved ones. Many would say that it is ironic that a disease that we want to disappear is represented by the color "pink": a color that many brilliant scientific minds continue to debate whether it exists or not?
Alonso Del Arte, Examiner.com writer, musician, and author, has written a reassuring article that the color pink does indeed exist. To be fair I have included links to other internet sources that disagree with Alonso Del Arte's conclusion. If you, are like me, and you weren't even aware of the conflicting controversy over the issue please click on the hyperlinks/highlighted words for additional information. To view my slideshow click on the small link to the left of the article that says "related slideshow", and of course click on the featured video that informs the public on the pink products available that donate to Breast Cancer organizations.
One such opposing view
"Pink, the color, is just the wishful thinking of our brain blending the red and violet wavelengths together to create the color..." -Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/03/07/does-the-color-pink-exist-scientists-arent-sure/#ixzz2imU2G9OS
The follow links are additional arguments from those who disagree with Alonso Del Arte's conclusion that the color pink does in fact exist. Like the previous Time's Newsfeed link, they have come to an opposite conclusion; and that conclusion is that "pink light" and the "color pink" only exist in our imagination.
Okay so now that the above posted links have explained the existence of the color pink debate lets get to how Alonso Del Arte's came to his conclusion. When I asked him to explain in simple terms he wrote the following in a correspondence.
Thank you for bringing up the connection to the pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness. The ribbon for AIDS awareness is red, but I have never heard of anyone confusing the two ribbons.
When I first read Robert Krulwich's article claiming pink does not exist, my first thought was "Of course it exists," but my second thought was "How do I prove that scientifically?"
Krulwich wrote last year that "pink isn't out there," that the word isn't "a name we give to something out there." That was what helped me formulate how to prove that pink does exist: I put pink in a rectangular area on a piece of paper to see if people would recognize it from other colors on the same piece of paper.
If pink did not exist, if it was purely an invention of the human mind, then different human minds would invent it differently. What some people call pink would perhaps be called maroon by some and violet for others. And though there are synonyms for "pink," most people who participated in the study used the word "pink" (though "fuchsia" and "magenta" did come up).
If there isn't something out there that is pink, then I would not be able to put it on a piece of paper and have it be consistently recognized by other people. The only significant inconsistency was the participant code-named "Green Drew," who identified magenta as yellow (I believe he's mildly color-blind but I'm not sure).
After crunching the numbers from doing the study during this year's Detroit Design Festival, I had the numbers to back up what I had thought all along: that people are fairly consistent in identifying pink. Only black and white showed a more unswerving consistency of identification.
I couldn't have done the study without the help and encouragement of Melinda Anderson and Jakki Kirouac, they are the two main people who got DETROIT DESIGN FESTIVAL (DDF) off the ground in 2011 and have kept it growing through this year and onwards. Credit is also due to Kelly Guillory, who posted the Krulwich article on Facebook a few months ago.