Bees can learn to recognize human faces, or at least face-like patterns, a new study suggests.
Rather than specifically recognizing people, these nectar-feeding creatures view us as “strange flowers,” the researchers say. And while they might not be able to identify individual humans, they can learn to distinguish features that are arranged to look like faces.
I started today’s posts with a discussion on subtlety, and how over time a person’s mods become so much a part of them that they can forget they’re even present.
Now let’s look at the opposite side of the coin. T-Man Tattoo recently uploaded this photo of a facial tattoo.
A number of things stood out to me about this image. First and foremost, the colors are beautiful, they really pop, and the design fits her face really well. The other thing that stood out to me, when put into context from my post earlier today, was that of a question. Would this be the type of mod that someone could forget they have? The reason I bring this up is that as a decision, facial tattoos are definitely up there on the list of major life choices. While not to downplay any other modification and it’s significance, the facial tattoo has a long tradition as being culturally significant. Cultures for centuries have been using facial tattoos for various reason, some for beauty, some for intimidation, and others for religion. No matter the reason behind it, the facial tattoo is one of the mods that will alter others perceptions of you the most. Of course what matters most is one’s own sense of self, and I’m not forgetting that at all.
To put it simply, it takes a brave person to really seize control of their body and alter it in any way. It takes an even braver person to do it in a manner that bucks the current cultural trends, and taps back into those cultures that came before ours and paved the path for modifications as we know it. Hopefully we will all be around to see a day when modifications of all kinds become as culturally acceptable as the ones that are accepted today. I’ve said this countless times now, that modifications are less about showing off to others, but more for becoming who a person wants to be. I’ll be the first to do the dance of joy the day people with visible modifications can walk down the street and nobody will even think twice about their appearance.