A roundup of interesting tidbits:
1. Be You
What I find interesting about this video is that is strikes me as so true – I do this all the time. Yet this is also the age of the selfie. I suspect that most of us don’t want our image recorded when we haven’t prepared fully with makeup, hair styling, etc. We see a huge gap between our polished selves and our everyday selves, and we don’t want anyone to see the latter, even though that’s how we look most of the time.
2. Some interesting findings on physical attractiveness:
NOTE TO SINGLE LADIES: A handsome older man may seem like a good catch, but your children may not look quite so nice. Austrian researchers analyzed data on people who graduated from Wisconsin high schools in 1957, including ratings of the attractiveness of their yearbook photos. They found that the age of people’s fathers at their birth, but not the age of their mothers, was negatively associated with attractiveness. The researchers theorize that a man is more liable to pass on mutations as he (and his sperm production process) ages, and, they say, “our results thus support the view that mutations are expressed in facial attractiveness.”
Huber, S. & Fieder, M., “Advanced Paternal Age Is Associated with Lower Facial Attractiveness,” Evolution and Human Behavior (forthcoming).
We knew that older dads pass on autism and psychiatric disorders, but this is the first study I’ve seen mutations that degrade looks.
One of the primary indicator of “good genes,” according to evolutionary psychologists, is physical symmetry. It suggests better prenatal development and fewer mutations. But that does necessarily mean the person is attractive?
Fashion photographer Alex John Beck recently decided to test the symmetrical theory of attractiveness by photographing regular people and then making symmetrical versions of each person’s face, by using first the left and then the right side.
Beck took a portrait of each person and then divided it into the left and right side of the face. Then he mirrored each to create symmetrical portraits from each side.
Beck’s results are definitely odd and a little disconcerting.
Apparently, the subjects found the process upsetting. Beck doesn’t provide any photos of the actual person – he wanted to focus on the differences between these perfectly symmetrical faces. You can find the rest of the portraits HERE.
Can you be happy for 100 days in a row?
She’s inspired me to take up the challenge – post one photo a day of something that makes you happy. I’m using Instagram – you can follow me at instagram.com/susanawalsh
This is only my second day, and already I feel such gratitude! Why not take up the challenge? Share your account and let’s all follow one another!