Not very, I almost view myself on the outside or fringes. Interestingly I am very perceptive of people, I can make calls about their fundamental nature quite readily - maybe that's why I'm so jaded.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/epigenetics.html Hey Renee thought you might like to check out this cite. May give you further detail for your class.
Though eye contact does imply a certain level of social dominance it can also become a detriment if it is perceived to be excessive. It's a fine line between self assuredness and what I like to call the "CREEP" effect.But you've got it down nice VLog!
I'm sorry, but I think on a mental level, there's more to it than that. Granted, looking people in the eyes has a lot to do with social dominance, but what would cause people not to have that ability? I think you'd have to train your brain and personality to be a bit more extroverted in order to be able to make better eye contact to establish social dominance. To me, that's like forcing left-handed people to be right-handed.
Wow epigenetic biology is alot more detailed than I first imagined.I'm afraid that link I recommended to you is a couple of levels below the class your taking. Some of the case studies that involve related organisms other than the "Twin Scenario" are very complex. Sorry if the vid seems a little pedestrian, but it does have my man Neil deGrasse Tyson in it, love that guy!Study on Renee!
You must have heard the old joke? How do you know you're talking to an extrovert geek? Because he stares at *your* shoes when he talks to you. :DI tend to agree with Drew and Austincovello - if you wanted to measure the social dominance in a situation, this body language would be a good proxy for doing that, but I don't think that consciously increasing your eye contact would make you more socially dominant. It could even be counterproductive; like in your example, your interviewer might expect to be in the socially dominant position when they interview you, and might subconsciously interpret your body language as inappropriate, disrespectful or a challenge to their authority.Anyway, as always, thanks for putting your thoughts out there, and sparking debate!
By the way, if you're putting links to your vlogs, you should definitely include the one about pride that I just saw - it's easily one of your best to date! Interesting points and a very lucid presentation.I was going to suggest 'Mere Christianity' as a book to read, so it's awesome that you're already familiar with it! I'm fascinated by the motivations of people like CS Lewis, who converted to Christianity from quite strong atheistic views.
Completely off-topic, but I don't know of any direct way to contact you (not really looking either, just saying) so I'll link it here:http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/atheism-critical-thinking/I'm only about 15 minutes into it, but already it neatly identifies and exposes as fallacious most of the "arguments" I've seen in favor of the existence of a deity. I wish I had more time to dedicate to the study of debunking theistic "arguments," but my current studies (math, computer sci.) don't really allow much time for other intellectual pursuits.Anyway, I hope you get some enjoyment and utility from the documentary. It should come in very handy to anyone without a formal training in logic (or even with) who sometimes finds themselves temporarily confused by theistic "arguments" posing as rational.
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Renee where are you!