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The Science of Sex Appeal

You see him walking into the room and things just seem to get brighter. He’s just walking, nothing special, but something so strange makes
you feel so attracted. She’s just sitting there with her friends laughing about something you don’t seem to understand. Her smile bright, and something nice
about the way she looks ; you can’t help but feel attracted.

Why does this happen to us? Why do we suddenly become so attracted to people? What is it about some people that catches our eyes and why is it that different people find different things attractive? As college students we  definitely have experienced scenarios like the ones presented above.  Although our scenarios may differ in detail, we all have in some way found our selves in a position where we can’t help but feel attracted to that person.

Recently this past weekend I watched a very interesting documentary on this subject. The document was called the Science  of Sex Appeal and it gave some very formal answers to the question presented. The documentary ultimately stated humans have this  innate biological desire to reproduce, produce healthy offspring and pass on their genes to the next generation.   Though this seems like a obvious fact, thisstatement really dwells into the ideas of evolutionary times suggesting the fact that the fittest survive.

The key word in this statement is healthy. This documentary suggested that we have this innate ability to seek out health in one another, which in turn leads to seeking out good genes. This is what we innately find attractive. Yes personality and other factors do come into play when two people start to get to know each other, but the first impressions are always looks and looks can dictate health. A symmetrical face for example shows good health and attractiveness as well as clear skin. Ultimately in a strange way we are all programmed to seek out these factors almost instantaneously and that is what makes us attracted to one another. This pattern however differs from person to person, and it is due to psychological factors and the type of environment this person has been brought up  around. Also another interesting fact that this documentary presented was that it takes human beings less than just a few seconds to determine whether or not someone was attractive. This just goes to show that humans are the ultimate scanning machine for good health and good genes. Overall I found this documentary to be extremely interesting, and I would like your take on it. If any of you have
time you should really watch some clips from the documentary presented here. Let me know what you all think.


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  1. October 22, 2011 at 12:10 am

    I think I have also watched that documentary, and you’re right it is very interesting! Sometimes (a lot of times, really) I think we forget that humans are animals too, and as animals we have animal instincts! This means that we instinctually know what is ‘attractive’ and what is not. I remember that part in the video about how symmetrical faces are more attractive to people. This is so interesting to me that we subconsciously notice a face’s symmetry and then can base our opinions of how attractive a person is off of that.

    This post was interesting to me becaue our entire lives we’ve all heard people say, “looks don’t matter, it’s about what’s inside.” While this is very true in finding life partners and romance, there is still an instinct to seek attractive people when finding someone to pass on your genes. This kind of thing is so fascinating to me and really shows how science has such a huge impact on every part of our lives! It seems that there really is a scientific explanation to everything.

  2. October 22, 2011 at 5:44 am

    I think that this documentary is rather interesting as well. I didn’t know health had anything do with our attraction to someone or that it played into our instincts. I also think its a bit strange. I can’t think of a time I looked at a hot guy and went “oh, he’s healthy looking” but now I think I’m going to start paying more attention to what my body and brain does when I see someone appealing. I do have a question about instincts. I know the pattern difference from person to person but can they change through out the entire species as their environment around them changes as well? Thats probably something I should look up.

  3. October 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I think that this is a very interesting topic and that even though it’s hard to realize, we do judge at first sight. How funny is it that we decide within seconds if a person is attractive or no. In addition, I have to comment that most of this decisions are based on the social nature and preconception with which people look at other individuals. I might find a girl very attractive when one of my friends simply doesn’t see her as attractive, but it’s fine, because it could perfectly be the other way arouond too. It’s a rather personal opinion but it’s reality.

  4. October 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Thus, contrary to what those “feel good politically correct folks” say, physical beauty is not subjective. If I showed the world a picture of Natalie Portman and Rosie O’ Donnel and asked them who was more attractive, I can guarantee that the overwhelming majority would say Natalie Portman is the more attractive of the two.

    There are those who blame the images on TV and billboards for giving us a skewed definition of beauty, but there are figurines of women from ancient Mesopotamia that have very similar qualities to the women we deem to be beautiful today; narrow nose, high cheekbones, skinny, etc.

    There are also those who claim that Marilyn Monroe was not skinny. However, upon looking at her clothes that survived till today, show that she was indeed skinny.

    People who date unattractive women may not always believe they are beautiful. Perhaps they are only settling for what they could get at the moment.

  5. October 22, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I find it funny how this has the most views, not including the home page lol

  6. October 22, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Over all what i think when i watch this documentary is that we aren’t infact looking for good looks, ( i mean we are but not in the shallow sense) We are looking for good health. Some who looks healthy, seem to be those who have the best genes for mating. That is what we find attractive. That is the basic message I got out of the documentary. Therefore our ability to instictually seek out symmetrical faces and proportional figures, as well a masculin and feminin styles of walks and voices, clear skin, shinny hair. Those are the factors we see in people that makes them attractive. Health is attractive, so stay healthy, take your vitamins.

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