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The Human Face by tucsonmike on 2 July 2008 5:59am
I just finished watching the Human Face with John Cleese and Elizabeth Hurley.
Typical Cleese with Ms. Hurley to occasionally dampen him and bring him back to as much semblance of reality as he has.
Quite interesting learning experience.
Re: The Human Face by kazzzz on 2 July 2008 7:16am
Oh that's a fantastic show, saw it a few years ago and loved it. It was really interesting. For weeks after I was looking at faces in a completely different light.
Re: The Human Face by kisch on 2 July 2008 9:28am
Very interesting study indeed ! I loved the bit when John is shown photos of different people and his reaction is being recorded.
Michael P. is in an episode there, too. Lovely.
Re: The Human Face by suzulu on 2 July 2008 2:39pm
I didn't see that show - in fact, it is the first I have heard of it.
Re: The Human Face by kazzzz on 2 July 2008 3:17pm
It's not a new show suzulu, its a fair few years old now.
Re: The Human Face by mrsthing on 2 July 2008 8:49pm
It's from 2000 or 2001. I've got the DVD--I love it! Michael appears twice in the segment on fame. It really does make you think about people differently, and it amazed me how complicated our brains are, especially in tasks we do without consciously thinking about them, like greeting someone we know or reacting to their facial expressions.
Re: The Human Face by geordiegirl on 5 July 2008 4:42pm
He's a clever old so-and-so, JC. I remember the series, wish I'd watched it. I think he can make most things interesting (like all Pythons, really)
Re: The Human Face by tucsonmike on 9 July 2008 2:42pm
Last night, he did the parts of the brain that recognize faces.
Re: The Human Face by geordiegirl on 9 July 2008 6:39pm
Sonds good. I think that part of my brain is very underdeveloped, I often don't recognise people, or, more likely, I spot a 'famous person' who isn't that person.

JC is so good.
Re: The Human Face by tucsonmike on 9 July 2008 7:07pm
Apparently the brain processes faces that are familiar. JC did mention he did not look like Mr. P.;-)
It goes back to our earliest ancestors as a survival technique.
It can backfire though. There was a rape in Burlington, North Carolina in 1985. (White woman raped by a black man). She saw him in the dark for twenty minutes and spoke with a police sketch artist who used an identikit. A suspect was arrested, and sentenced to life. Eleven years later, he was released when DNA showed his cellmate did it.
Point is, she could give certain traits, but could not tell. When I was in South Africa, my friends maid unnerringly picked out a Zulu man and started speaking to him.
I can tell certain differences now, and if you are good, I will tell you a silly story of identification.

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