What Our Faces Say About Us

August 14, 2008

human faces
Our faces say a lot more about us then we may think

We’ve all heard the expression that the eyes are the windows of the soul and we’ve also heard that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile. Both of these oft-used expressions indicate something bigger when added: that the human face is quite a unique construction and one that is filled with signs not only about ourselves but about what is in our environment that surrounds us.

British gerontologist Raymond Tallis tackles the subject of the human face in his new book The Kingdom of Infinite Space: A Fantastical Journey Around Your Head. The book centres around our complex relationship with our heads and how they are and aren’t connected to our sense of identity and consciousness. Robert Fulford of the National Post reviews Talli’s work:

Consider the way a human face speaks with silent eloquence. In the view of Raymond Tallis, an eminent British doctor and a talented writer, the face of a man or woman constitutes “the most sign-packed surface in the universe.” Nothing else we see carries more meaning. Every face displays a pattern of dense emotional responses in the present and an archive of its owner’s experience in the past. And each one is both unique and mysterious.

He continues:

Faces, as Tallis sees them, are like texts, crammed with information. A friend of mine used to quote an old literary cliche, “Her face was a study.” In recent times, however, faces have changed, making them harder to read. We are developing a face for our era. Botox is one reason.

Read the rest of the review at this link.

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Monkeys care about marshmallows….but what about cash?

July 17, 2008

monkeys and money Makes about as much sense as handing it over to my stockbroker

I have a confession to make: I’m not very good with money. In fact, I’m quite lousy with my money. I spend too much and save too little. Is this due to culture or genetics? It’s not a silly question since economic rationality is a big debate within the evolutionary field of science. Since apes are our closest family in the evolutionary chain, why not see how monkeys deal with cold, hard cash? In Psychology Today, Roy F. Baumeister asks: Do monkeys understand money?

Welcome to Vodka/Soda!

July 17, 2008

Welcome to Vodka/Soda.

It’s my very distinct pleasure to post the welcome piece for our little corner of the internet.  Vodka/Soda is an online magazine that wishes to bring you the best of the internet with a litle original content added in for good measure.  Here you’ll find articles and links on what’s hot, what’s cool, what’s interesting, what’s happening, and what is going to happen.  Ideas spanning from internet culture to product design to world politics to interviews with power players will populate these pages in the coming months (and hopefully years).

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