“—we usually give very little thought to where our faces come from. Yet..”

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In reading the book “Inheritance” by Sharon Moalem, I found some fascinating ideas I’d like to share.  The text takes us through our physical formation in the womb and recounts how our face came about, what our face means and what it telegraphs or projects about ourselves to others today and as our lives progresses.  What do we show? What do we see?What do we want to hide?

“Beyond facial similarities denoting blood relations—“ you know, he looks so much like his dad”—we usually give very little thought to where our faces come from. Yet the story of the formation of our facial features is a fascinating tale—a complex embryological ballet—and any small developmental misstep is forever etched in our faces for all to see.”

Inheritance by Sharon Moalem, MD, PhD

This visage will reveal our experiences outside the womb as well. As adults, we will recognize these experiences in each other’s faces.  The weather beaten skin of a sailor, a grandmother’s wrinkles of joy, and the pale, sallow, worn face of drug addiction. We are creatures of nature and nurture and ideally, empathy.

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