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Geekend: Familiar Faces Can Be Friendly (Or Dangerous)
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PedroGonzales
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PedroGonzales,
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7/18/2014 | 10:24:03 PM
Re: look alikes
Interesting article.  I was wondering that such behavior promoted by some unknown force deep in us forces us to have such connection with our friends.  It is no wonder that people tend to hire people that look like them which then translates in creating groups of people that think alike.  I don't know if we could ever break from is pattern, the app may warned us that such things happen. 
JonNLakeland
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7/18/2014 | 7:58:27 PM
Re: look alikes
Another thought - people tend to look like their parents. Children tend to trust their parents (barring something abnormal like abuse). The point being that maybe you are friends with, or hire, not people who like you - but people who look like your parents (whom you happen to also look like). 

 

Just throwing it out there as a possible "nurture" answer to the question posed.
David Wagner
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7/18/2014 | 1:26:46 PM
Re: look alikes
@soozyg- That's interesting from two perspectives. 1) You might be "attracted" to dark haired men but end up with the blond because of your brain. 2) Or it is entirely possib;e since dating requires mutual attraction, that only blond men return the attraction because of THEIR brain.

I think it would be fun to take something like Tinder where both sides have to clain attraction for them to be able to communicate and make the data anonymous. And test to see how many people picked similar hair color, eye color, skin tone, etc. I suspect it would lend a lot of data to something which by necessity has never had enough data associated with it.
soozyg
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soozyg,
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7/18/2014 | 1:21:11 PM
Re: look alikes
the brain patterns that pick this stuff out can be consciously overridden

That's an interesting point because (and this is kind of personal, but....) I have dark blond hair. I've always been attracted to dark hair on men and yet most of the relationships I've had have been with blond men.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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7/18/2014 | 12:47:49 PM
Re: look alikes
@soozyg- Well, impossible to say 100%. We dont know how it works. But I'd say the vast majority of why we do it is nature. And the ways to overcome it is nurture.

We pick these similarities for genetic and evolutionary reasons. You don't know, for example, what a person's immune system is like or their similarity in olfactory prowess. You might be attracted to friends because they hang out in the same place (say the candle shop) that might be a subtle clue to these things. But you don't really know. We're predisposed to want to help our "kin" for evolutionary reasons.

That said, the brain patterns that pick this stuff out can be consciously overridden. And that is nurture. So, a manager can learn to overlook it. A person can find friends of all types. And they aren't even all that hard to overcome if you are aware of them, so I'm not giving racism a free pass.

i'm saying that you need to be aware of these human tendencies and be concscious not to let them overwhelm your better judgment.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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7/18/2014 | 12:42:24 PM
Re: look alikes
@ariella- Yup. It also is something that goes into whether you will offer help to someone who needs it.

I could have picked a million examples.

One of the hard parts to separate here is that there are potentially two different things going on here. We know biologically nearly every species including our own are more likely to help people/animals that look similar because we're more likely to be related. And being related means you are helping pass your genes down the line which is the evolutionary goal.

But we also know that for things like marriage, friendship, and a few other things, you need at least some genetic differences (marrying your brother or sister is not such a great idea, for example). The immune system is another one I brought up.

So we're somewhow looking for people "just enough" like us, I guess.
soozyg
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soozyg,
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7/18/2014 | 11:40:04 AM
Re: look alikes
It only stands to reason that if we pick dogs who look like us, and friends who look like us, we're going to pick co-workers who look like us. ....It is an insidious form of racism, sexism, and even ageism that prevents success.

Interesting....so how much of this is nature vs. nurture?
Ariella
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Ariella,
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7/18/2014 | 11:00:24 AM
look alikes
It also plays a role in marriage selection ""When you have a face that looks more like you, you tend to trust it more and think it looks more cooperative," says Tony Little, a research fellow in psychology at the University of Stirling in Scotland. He is among a small group of researchers studying the role of the human face in mating choices." from http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/wellness/story/2012-06-18/lookalikes-attract/55720994/1
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