Thursday, February 23, 2023

And it was called Yellow

This is becoming uncanny.

Myself: What did Wittgenstein say about yellow?

ChatGPT: Wittgenstein's philosophical works do not contain a significant discussion of the color yellow as a subject in itself. However, he did touch upon color concepts and perception more broadly in his later works.

In his famous work "Philosophical Investigations," Wittgenstein explored the concept of language games and how they shape our understanding of language and the world around us. He argued that the meaning of words is determined by their use within a particular language game or social practice, rather than by any underlying referent in reality.

Regarding color concepts, Wittgenstein used the example of the color "yellow" to illustrate this point. He suggested that there is no single, objective property that all things we call "yellow" share in common. Instead, we use the word "yellow" in various language games to refer to a range of sensory experiences and objects that we have learned to associate with that word.

Furthermore, Wittgenstein argued that our perception of color is shaped by our language and cultural background. He noted that different languages may classify colors differently and that our ability to distinguish between different shades of color is influenced by our cultural practices and language use.

Overall, Wittgenstein's insights on language and perception suggest that our understanding of the color yellow, like all other concepts, is shaped by the language games and cultural practices that we participate in.

Myself: Thanks I am just trying to keep up with my niece.

ChatGPT: You're welcome! It's great to see that you're interested in learning about philosophy and keeping up with your niece's interests. If you have any further questions or topics you'd like to explore, feel free to ask!

Back in the real world: Vanderbilt apologizes for using ChatGPT in email on Michigan shooting; Consoling email sent to students after a mass shooting at Michigan State University was written using an AI chatbot says the Guardian.   

If, that is, the real world (or underlying referent in reality) still exists.
Wittgenstein: Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.
Frank Ramsey: What we can’t say, we can’t say, and we can’t whistle it either.

 Myself (sultrily): If you want me, just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you, Fellas? You just put your lips together and blow.

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