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Goethe’s Harmonic Color Wheel

ColorCircleJohann Wolfgang (von) Goethe (August 28, 1749 – March 22, 1832) was not only a poet, playwright, novelist, statesman, theatre director, critic, and artist, he was also a scientist. By repeating the light spectrum experiment of Isaac Newton (1642 – 1727), he discovered that the colors were not simply parts of white light. Although the results of Goethe’s experiment leave no room for ambiguity, scientism still clinged to Newton’s wrong conclusions.

Goethe scientifically proved that colors do not originate from fragmented white light. Instead, colors emerge where light and darkness meet. Newton only examined the case of light in front of a background of darkness. At these borders, we find on one side the colors of red and orange, and on the other side the colors of indigo and purple. When these border colors overlap each other, the full color spectrum emerges, with green in the middle (as shown in the image below on the left-hand side).

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In the case of darkness in front of a background of light, different border colors emerge. At these borders, we now find on one side the color of yellow, and on the other side the color of cyan. And when these border colors overlap each other, another full color spectrum emerges, with magenta in the middle (as shown in the above image on the right-hand side).

Goethe’s Harmonic Color Wheel, as shown above, shows beautifully that all the colors together originate from both light (Yang) and darkness (Yin), as stated by Wholly Science,

The video embedded below shows the documentary titled “Light Darkness and Colours” (1998). It explains Goethe’s Theory of Colours (or Zur Farbenlehre in German):

Goethe proved that both light and darkness are required for the perception of colors. By solely focussing on light and completely ignoring darkness, scientism once again shows its unscientific bias.

 

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