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OK, seen this Tweet shared a lot lately. I get why; it implies some scary, but cool, stuff. But it's misleading by omission, and a good example of why Evolutionary psychology is regularly co-opted by those with ideological agendas.

Here's why

Yes, it's more #BrainStuff

I'll say up front; as far as I'm aware, nobody knows with 100% certainty why the Uncanny valley effect exists.

BUT, it doesn't automatically follow that there were shapeshifting human-resembling predators in our deep past. There are far more logical, and likely, explanations

For instance, the uncanny valley effect may be the result of corpses.

A dead human looks just like a live one, but without all the subtle cues and animations that living humans give off constantly. Much like 'realistic' androids, animations etc.

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The mesmerising driftwood sculptures of Japanese artist Nagato Iwasaki. ImageImage
All of the figures are part of an interconnected work that Iwasaki calls simply ‘Torso’ and each have undergone a painstaking process of construction over the past 25 years. ImageImage
“Gathering bits of wood from here and there, like an insect building a nest, I create sculptures” says the artist in one of his few interviews. Driftwood of just the right shape and size to mimic a human collarbone or the curve of a pelvis Image
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