Warning: mysql_real_escape_string(): No such file or directory in /home/scouser/echoesandmirrors.com/wp-content/plugins/statpress/statpress.php on line 1191

Warning: mysql_real_escape_string(): A link to the server could not be established in /home/scouser/echoesandmirrors.com/wp-content/plugins/statpress/statpress.php on line 1191

Warning: mysql_real_escape_string(): No such file or directory in /home/scouser/echoesandmirrors.com/wp-content/plugins/statpress/statpress.php on line 1194

Warning: mysql_real_escape_string(): A link to the server could not be established in /home/scouser/echoesandmirrors.com/wp-content/plugins/statpress/statpress.php on line 1194

Warning: mysql_real_escape_string(): No such file or directory in /home/scouser/echoesandmirrors.com/wp-content/plugins/statpress/statpress.php on line 1197

Warning: mysql_real_escape_string(): A link to the server could not be established in /home/scouser/echoesandmirrors.com/wp-content/plugins/statpress/statpress.php on line 1197
Echoes and Mirrors» Blog Archive » Attractiveness as a semi-objective notion

Attractiveness as a semi-objective notion

A smattering of articles on attractiveness, desire (as a cognitive function) and what it all means sort of sprung up on me today, with wonderful serendipity. The science of sex is complex, but from my observations thus far in life, the assertion that beauty is not limited to the physical is bullshit.

This comes the fact that pictures of ugly girls stirs nothing in my loins. Initial attraction by sight is a built-in cognitive function that society has cleverly tried to deprogram from men in it’s collective egalitarianism (which is necessary for survival and peace, more than likely). And this doesn’t mean personality is worthless – but it is certainly a second tier of attractiveness rating (a good personality can move a girl up a bit, maybe half a point). Men like skinny, seductive girls, biologically.

But attractiveness cannot be solely objective… otherwise there would be no wiggle room. For instance, I don’t like women that are taller than me, prefer brunettes to blondes and don’t care for Asian girls particularly (I’ve been with all three of those – not at the same time, though).

So now, some scientists have isolated the area of the brain that reacts to attractiveness and identifies desire. Lo and behold, there are differences in what we find attractive. This doesn’t supercede the previous, it supplements it.

In addition, the previous claims that looking younger generally correlates to looking more beautiful (an objective look at beauty) has a bit of a twist: it might mean looking less masculine.

Conclusion: the brain allows for unique preferences (which might be biologically driven or socially driven) but the brain tends to set standards from a biologically hardcoded baseline. This is where Freud might come into explain perversions and deviant preferences. The conscious is strong and can do some very unpleasant things – so obese women might be attractive to someone, but only because of some deviance or perversion.

Which reminds me, everyone should see FEED. You’ll need a strong stomach, though.

Share

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

0 comments