Facial resonance or disinfo confection?

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Facial resonance or disinfo confection?

Unread postby icarusinbound on Sun Mar 02, 2014 11:46 pm

The tenuous premise, as sold, is that current celebrities can be facially-matched to classic old photos and paintingshttp://www.newageman.co.uk/14-time-travelling-celebrities

This may be real, or something else altogether
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Re: Facial resonance or disinfo confection?

Unread postby Flabbergasted on Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:16 am

I have seen those amusing comparisons before (on CF?). It´s not hard to find look-alikes based on specific pictures (in fact, it´s one of Chiarini´s favorite pursuits), but when you place photo doppelgängers side by side in real life (whenever this is possible), they often look (and certainly "feel") surprisingly different.
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Re: Facial resonance or disinfo confection?

Unread postby Flabbergasted on Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:37 am

This picture of drummer Buddy Rich in his youth bears such an incredible resemblance to my brother-in-law that I can´t persuade anyone in the family it´s NOT him (even his mother thinks I am pulling her leg). It´s weird, because no other picture of Buddy Rich even reminds me of him!

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Source: http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Buddy_Rich2.html
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Re: Facial resonance or disinfo confection?

Unread postby lux on Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:01 pm

I often see a resemblance between Hollywood actors or other celebs. Not as if they were twins or the same person but simply that they look like they could easily be related yet they are supposedly not. Sometimes the two celebs are contemporaries and sometimes they are separated by one or more generations.

There are even celebrity fan type sites dedicated to this topic like this one.

For this reason I tend to believe the rumors that many of these celebs do come from a small number of “bloodline” families who obscure their birth records. It just seems like too much of a stretch to dismiss it all as mere coincidence.
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Re: Facial resonance or disinfo confection?

Unread postby icarusinbound on Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:51 pm

lux wrote:I often see a resemblance between Hollywood actors or other celebs. Not as if they were twins or the same person but simply that they look like they could easily be related yet they are supposedly not.


Very interesting, thanks for that. I wonder, to what extent do convergent selection factors have an impact? These democratically-promoted celebities are chosen for our stimulation and attraction, so there will inevitably certainly be common tribal characteristics. With the makeup artist's brush, the surgeon's knife, and the PR Department's Photoshoppers constantly equalising the differentials, so as to comply with Übermensch ideals.

Art mirrors reality, and 'reality' emulates art: in the movie "The Island" (arguably itself a rip/homage/clone of various earlier books and films), where clones played by the actors pictured below (playing in two roles) discover that their wonderful utopia is just a farm for organs, and they are the donors. Perhaps, CGI apart, the gene-pool for Hollywood success and acceptance is somewhat more deterministic than is conventionally believed. Maybe they could have used their doppelgangers instead of split-screens.

Image Scarlett Johansson versus Amber Heard

Image Ewan Mcgregor versus Kenneth Branagh

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Island_(2005_film)

Let's not forget that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...whether it be genetic or generated.
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