I found this article interesting, if unsatisfying.
I’ve been interested in the perception of color for many years and I doubt that any researcher in that field would agree that color perception is ever “unfiltered.” Research done at Kodak in the 70s showed that color perception is a decision process based on the relative brightness of everything in the visual field and not just a simple rendering based on wavelength. I believe that earlier research left open the door for the possibility that other parts of the brain could be participating in the color perception decision process, which ties in to the ideas in this article.
What I think is most interesting is our increasing ability to use direct measurement of the brain to answer these sorts of questions. It’s one thing to believe that ”language influences certain kinds of cognitive processes in non-trivial ways” and quite another to be able to measure that in a meaningful way (or not, as the case may be). One can’t help but imagine that great things are just around the corner.