Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

First impressions count

Fascinating article on how humans judge competence based on facial features, and how that affects politics. For example, in one study judgments of who appeared more competent  predicted about 70% of elections.  The article is an excerpt from the author’s new book, Face Value: The Irresistible Influence of First Impressions (2017).

First impressions count

Alexander Todorov  | 30 May, 2017 | Aeon

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June 11, 2017 Posted by | brain, decision making, politics | , , , , | Leave a comment

Beauty and friendliness

Breeding experiment with silver foxes showed that friendliness and facial features are correlated — the friendlier, the more “beautiful”, and it seems, the more “highbrow”.  From The Economist, November 16th, 2013:

The evolution of beauty:  Face the facts

What makes for a beautiful visage, and why, may have been discovered accidentally on a Russian fur farm

February 18, 2014 Posted by | evolution | , , , | Leave a comment