Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The women look different in different countries.  Well, the men, too, but who cares about them?  A web site called published a collection of “averaged” faces of women from dozens of different countries.  The one for Turkish women, at right, is just an example.

Back in the '90s and '00s, I traveled quite frequently to Europe, most especially the Baltics, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe (including Russia).  After a few years experience, I noticed that I could fairly reliably tell what area someone hailed from – especially women – just from their facial appearance.  What makes this especially interesting for me is that I have a lot of trouble recognizing (and remembering) individuals by their face, but the patterns of heritage aren't difficult for me at all.  Our human ability to swiftly detect subtle differences in faces, while variable, is really quite amazing...

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