Mr. Shine wrote:I wonder if they even translate color into braille when they're making books; it'd be like reading a book where someone keeps talking about smission. What's smission? I don't know!
While they may not be able to have the subjective experience of color, they can certainly understand what color is.
You have almost certainly never experienced sustained microgravity, but it is still important to learn about, right?
Think about how weird the dialog in SciFi books would be if someone decided to excise all references to microgavity from your copy.
That's not the same at all. You're talking about being weightless, right? Zero-G? That's different, since zero-g is a state that is related to a state I'm already experiencing- gravity acts on me all the time, so I can simply simulate it not acting on me. Yes, I've not actually ever been weightless, but I've gone on roller-coasters and the like that simulate the sensation. (even if only for a moment.)
I'm talking about an entire sense simply being gone. Someone who is blind from birth can't know what color is, because their mental "image" (rather a bad word for that, but there's really nothing better- humans are sight oriented, and I guess that's part of what makes blindness rather terrifying to most of us) of the world doesn't contain vision. They have no way of knowing, really, what "light," "dark," "red," or "blue" mean except as something that other people have. Where would you even start? The only way I could think to explain it is "people can perceive the distance and shape of objects in the world around them using their eyes."
I can't really think of a real fictional counterpart, largely because my mental image of the world only includes five senses. I can't even imagine
a sixth one...though I suppose there are sharks and fish who can sense electrical fields. That's a "sixth sense," if you will, but once again I can only speculate as to what that must be like; it's not part of how I process the world around me, so I can't truly understand what it's like. Even when writers do try to add more senses, they inevitably have to resort to co-oping words from more familiar senses so that we can make sense of them. (Like a person who can "read" peoples' auras describing them in colors, or tastes)
Now, I'm willing to admit I could be 100% wrong on any of this; it's mostly based on speculation and what little I do know about the subject. I'd love to hear from someone who knows a blind person and who could give a more informative view.