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"What's you favorite color?" is a false question in a bad way.

It assumes the necessity to pick a favorite RGB combo among the light spectrum when there's no need for preference.

Now replace "color" in the question with anything in nature. Same principle applies.

@ykgoon I think the question represents best effort approximation whose answer correlates with the real question of what's your favorite experience of visual stimulus for which we have no words.

@octesian only if it's asked by people like you.

I've never heard it asked outside the context of small talk.

@ykgoon I suppose. What I was getting at is that even though there are multiple combinations of light frequencies that register as the same color, there’s still some agreement what those color perceptions are and people have strong preferences nonetheless.

@ykgoon the whole concept of preferences is so natural, but also really weird when you think about it. My preference for high calorie foods makes sense. But why do my preferences for random photon sensitivities exist? I’m glad some colors bring me joy instead of no colors, but why not all colors?

@octesian exactly. I don't see a rationale for having a favorite unless it makes a clear difference to the psyche.

@ykgoon there’s no big picture rationale, but it always makes a difference to the psyche. When we form our preferences as children, they’re completely arbitrary yet (at least with my children) very strongly held. Then for the rest of your life it makes a clear emotional difference to the psyche even if no practical difference exists. Or the opposite too. I have strong aversions to certain colors. I “rationally” avoid them because I don’t want to feel bad.

@ykgoon I'm assuming that

1) If they're shopping for gifts I probably want them in black
2) If they ask "why" I can say "because that's no color" and stun them long enough to escape
3) Black is always an option

@kureshii there's good choice. Black is my go to color if I do have to pick. Does that make it a favorite now? I dunno.

@ykgoon I try not to get too philosophical about “favourites”. I just think of it as goto defaults for different contexts and scopes.

Favourite fruit? Grape. If Southeast Asia, pomelos. If Japan, yuzu.

Favourite colour? Black. Oh, for something small and personal? Blue. Something generic where black won't do? Blue.

Takeaway? Char siew rice. Not available? Wanton noodles.

People seem to generally assume you want your favorite thing ALL THE TIME so it had better be something I don't mind.

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