Our website presents the innovative techno-thriller, Faces Tell All, while inviting you and the wider world to comment on the increasingly-important topic of faces and related issues: Faces Technology (Facial Recognition and Analysis, Surveillance, Computer-Generated Imagery, Life-Like Robots, Artificial Intelligence), Matchmaking and Dating, Employment Screening, Social Psychology, Body Language, Cosmetology, Beauty, Fashion, Art, Photography, Mass Media, Advertising, Cinema and TV, National Security, Espionage and Spy Novels, International and Multicultural Relations, Racism, Narcissism, Celebrity Worship, Chinese Face Reading, Chinese Medicine and Philosophy, U.S. vs. China, Propaganda and Cultural Warfare.
Explore the Internet to see the exploding interest in faces. Face Reading as fortune telling has continued to be a tradition in China and South East Asia for centuries. Faces dominate matchmaking websites. And now, the Chinese government is instituting constant, mass surveillance of its own 1.4 billion people, utilizing 175 million scanning cameras, not only to monitor their whereabouts and activities but also “the mood of the masses.” The spy thriller Faces Tell All predicts the use of imbedded lenses by China as a critical tool of espionage against the U.S.
Our faces reflect our histories, natures and intentions.
“No image is more compelling than the face and its features—animated by expression and reflecting all of life’s drama and human nature; so that even a child can read, at a glance, all that history has recorded in the mind and heart of our species: primitive fear and rage of the cave dweller, despair and distrust turning to hope and faith as man struggles to civilize through the ages, exultation and bliss as he reaches for the stars—all expressed in the face. Its power to arrest and control our attention cannot be overestimated.” Philip Wolfson, D.M.D., preface of Faces Tell All.
“The centrality of the face as symbolic of personality permeates the fabric of human experience.”—Michael Michael Eigen, Ph.D., On the Significance of the Face, The Psychoanalytic Review, 1980-81.
“We get the faces we deserve: inappropriate diet, persistent negative emotions, drugs, toxins and stress all contribute to lines, congestion, and colours on the face.” –CoCo Chanel, quoted in Chinese Face Reading for Health.
When submitting your image to websites, think positively, and put your “best face forward.” Some websites invite you to play a game of “rate your face”, which is supposedly about “good looks.” On the other hand, matchmakers and headhunters expect you to “look good”, make a good presentation, look neat, well groomed, focused and friendly.
Remember, your face is the projection screen of your identity, personality and fitness; it is what it is, but also what you make it. Your degree of health, vigor and self-confidence count most and show through.
Many people considered attractive don’t meet conventional criteria such as symmetry and proportionality of features, suggesting that, indeed, “beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.”
People might admire classical models of beauty that adorn magazine covers. But when choosing partners—thanks to the powerful force of mutual attraction, they seek their own type or level—although opposites can and do attract, as long as they are mutually compatible.
Many celebrities, especially character actors, have appeal, because they exhibit atypical, interesting or exotic faces—or stereotypically ordinary or average faces: the boy or girl “ next door.”
Our knowledge and bias about celebrities’ lives and personalities undoubtedly affects our opinions about their faces; however, original and repeated reactions to their faces probably influenced their personalities in the first place—creating what researchers call a “self-fulfilling prophecy”.
What qualities do celebrity or famous faces project?
Consider: wisdom or sagacity, competence, charisma, nobility, strength, toughness, virility, compassion, friendliness, happiness, trustworthiness, graciousness, serenity, sweetness, innocence, wholesomeness—on the other hand: seductiveness, passion, aggressiveness, brutality, fierceness, anger, belligerence, or sadness, (a full gamut of positive and negative emotions.)
Example: Marilyn Monroe. It has been suggested that her face and expressions combine innocence with seductiveness: eyes are large and roundish as in children, but also wide apart suggesting an alluring cat-like look. Nose is small, characteristic of young children, but mouth and lips are sensuously large and curvaceous. And, Marilyn’s voice—often breathy, almost whispering—made her sound vulnerable yet amorous.
Example: Princess Diana. Some commented on her classical “noble brow” and prominent nose typical of Roman and Greek statuary; others on her large eyes, again suggesting child-like innocence and accentuating an apparent shyness in her personality. Those very blue eyes contrasted spectacularly, according to beauty experts, with her fair, “English Rose” complexion—making her a photographer’s dream. Diana’s enchanting upper class British accent—never stilted or haughty—completed the picture of a real-life storybook princess.
Example: Kathryn Hepburn. A life-like robot that mimics exactly “Kate’s” unique face and voice has been imagined in the spy-thriller Faces Tell All. It is based on actual robots constructed of hi-tech polymers that imbibe moisture and plump up like real human skin. As to the vibrant Hepburn look that became legendary, the book’s robot technician explains: “She’s really very approachable, once you get past that hauteur and the steely-blue eyes…. Her face is an amazing amalgamation of fierce determination, intelligence and female vulnerability.”
Note: Such “images” or perceptions of famous people may or may not reflect reality. Remember, most of us are complex beings, and celebrities are often presented or branded in ways that amount to caricature and oversimplification.
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