Diane Trout (alienghic) wrote,
Diane Trout
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New Book

I started reading a new book, one that my friends might think is bad for me. "Survival of the Prettiest" by Nancy Etcoff. In it she argues that beauty (at least with respect to people) exists to provide useful clues about peoples suitability as potential breeding partners.

One interesting result she mentioned was that one thing that correlated with how concerned people were with physical beauty was how common parasites are among the population. If a person is infected with a parasite it's harder for them to produce thick hair and clear skin, so those things become better indicators of the health of a person.

The reason reading this might be bad for me, is that it reinforces my tendency to believe that people do evaluate each other on the basis of appearance. I tend to take that information and think of myself as being undatable because I'm not sufficiently attractive. (Though if health is one of the important factors in evaluating attractiveness, I wonder why I don't fare better)
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    Apparently I created a monster of rock.

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    I went with my girlfriend to her grandmothers memorial service in Louisville, KN this weekend. I rather dislike flying these days from the…

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