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Has Wu Wei Been Making Faces At You? Here's Why....

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by Revoltingest, Mar 21, 2019.

  1. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Greased up & ready for action!
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    These bears mimic each other's faces as well as people do
    IN SOCIAL INTERACTIONS, our faces can become like mirrors, reflecting subtle expressions back at our conversation partner. It might be for validation, or sympathy, but whatever the purpose, facial mimicry is a key part of humanity’s complex social world. We aren’t alone among animals in the use of facial communication, but our degree of finesse and precision had only been seen in our relatives, gorillas. Now, researchers have recently uncovered this social superpower in another species, one very different from hypersocial apes—the sun bear.

    Sun bears (Helarctos malayanus) are the world’s smallest bears, Rottweiler-sized animals found in Southeast Asian rainforests. Unlike primates, which tend to show the most frequent and sophisticated use of facial expressions, sun bears don’t form large, hierarchical groups in which complex facial expressions would seem to play an important role in communication. They’re not exactly antisocial, but sun bears mostly opt to go their own ways, says Marina Davila-Ross, a comparative psychologist at the University of Portsmouth and senior author on the study, which published today in the journal Scientific Reports.
     
  2. beenherebeforeagain

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    and here all along I just thought he was suffering from indigestion...:D
     
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    With the occasional hippie hiker, that'll happen too.
     
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    'Edibles' for bears, maybe? Speaking of Colorado, anybody heard from @Sunstone lately?
     
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    I hear a distant cry of pain from the west whenever I mention capitalism or libertarianism.
    (I've been avoiding mentioning she who shall not be named....A*n R**d.)
     
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    I'd get indigestion too if I had to process all that facial stuff.
     
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    Alan Reed? What does Sunstone have against Fred Flintstone?
     
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    Fred eats meat & wears fur.
     
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