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Letters to the Editor

From time to time, a commentary on the world will bubble up inside of me to the extent that I'm forced to write a letter to my local, metropolitan, daily newspaper, The Age. This is where I blow of some steam. Feel like venting too? Add your own comment or visit my homepage.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Badge of Humanity

Terry Lane (11/1), there is a badge or marker for those who are humans first and foremost: our faces, unique yet universal. Babies' eyes instincively follow faces in their field of view because it's a pattern hard-wired into our brains. Try the following word-association test: riot police, executioners, Jason (from "Friday the Thirteenth"), clowns, Melanie Griffiths, stormtroopers (from "Star Wars"), bank robbers. Systematically hiding or obscuring our wonderful faces is dehumanising and scary.


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