Thursday, May 3, 2018

Philosophy Wire: Seeing faces. Before you are born…


Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2018-05-03]: Fascination with faces is nature, not nurture, suggests a new study of third-trimester fetuses. Scientists have long known that babies like looking at faces more than other objects. But research published online June 8 2017 in Current Biology offers evidence that this preference develops before birth. In the first-ever study of prenatal visual perception, fetuses were more likely to move their heads to track facelike configurations of light projected into the womb than nonfacelike shapes. [1] We like seeing faces. Because we also have one. We like seeing ourselves. Because nothing else exists. We are the cosmos. And the cosmos is us. Whatever we see, whatever we experience, is somehow related to a conscious being. We are the mirror of existence. The reflection of everything there is. Look at your face. It is not just your face…

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