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Universality of human emotion upheld by study

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Not surprisingly, when we consider how much arts and culture depend on that. Most of us wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the expression of human emotions is universal. But today there is a study for everything and 16 “universal human emotional expressions” have been identified:

Whether at a birthday party in Brazil, a funeral in Kenya or protests in Hong Kong, humans all use variations of the same facial expressions in similar social contexts, such as smiles, frowns, grimaces and scowls, a new study from the University of California, Berkeley, shows…

Researchers at UC Berkeley and Google used machine-learning technology known as a “deep neural network” to analyze facial expressions in some 6 million video clips uploaded to YouTube from people in 144 countries spanning North, Central and South America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. – UC Berkeley, “The 16 Facial Expressions Most Common to Emotional Situations Worldwide” at Neuroscience News

While such findings are reassuring, they shouldn’t be a big surprise. After all, we all have the same basic physical equipment with which to express genuine emotion.

What about fake emotion? One interesting fact is that, when actors are required to portray an emotional scene in a play, they are encouraged to remember a time in their own lives when they experienced a similar emotion. …

News, “Study: The expression of human emotions is universal” at Mind Matters News

9 Replies to “Universality of human emotion upheld by study

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    AaronS1978 says:

    Actually I was reading up on the study from nature and they’re questioning how they trained the DNN. There were some issues that were brought up given the fact that they did 6 million of the videos in English and it is very likely the DNN Classified emotional context based on what was written

    They actually picked apart pretty quick which surprised me

    Second of all I thought we Criticize this type of study and we criticized Darwin’s interpretation of only six universal emotion

    So I was kind of surprised to see conceding to the study

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    AaronS1978 says:

    And of course they chime this as a big victory for Darwin’s infinite wisdom as he guessed that this might be the case

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    AaronS1978 says:

    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-3037-7

    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-03509-5

    Here are the two articles one of them really cuts into the study as a put Peking under the hood

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    AaronS1978 says:

    Anybody voodoo, voodoo economics

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    polistra says:

    Youtubers are hardly a representative sample. They’re all young, all extroverts, and mostly attractive, which means they’re accustomed to showing expressions and being rewarded. InfluenceRs are also influenceD by other influencers, and follow the expressive modes of the channels with most subscriptions.

    Unpopular people and introverts, or just plain ordinary people in ordinary life, are less likely to show and copy emotions.

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    BobRyan says:

    I would much rather see a study on the uniqueness of our talents that are not found in nature. If there is no real differences between man and animal, why are there no animals going beyond their environment. Man has no wings, yet we fly every day thanks to advances in technology. We cannot breathe underwater, but submarines and diving gear have made it possible to do just that. Man’s inhumanity to man, which is unparalleled in nature, is only rivaled by man’s ability to create.

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    This study accentuates a very real danger in how such facial recognition technology can be miss-used to great harm.
    Here is an excerpt from an article I wrote a few years back highlighting the grave harm such miss-use can bring —

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    “China has been economically transformed dramatically in recent decades, but keep in mind that China is still a communist nation. What that means is that the central government under the “President-for-life” Xi Jinping: just as Mao Zedong before him and Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union and Adolf Hitler of the German Third Reich and other totalitarian dictators past and present, have absolute powers that in an instant can reign havoc, ruin and death to any of the minions they rule and others outside their realm.

    In the dictatorships of the communist Soviet Union, one method of keeping the masses under control was the vast spy network where people were afraid of talking freely with anyone: friends, neighbors and even family – spies were everywhere. My Hungarian friend who grew up under the brutal communist government of Hungary tells stories of people talking in code lest a spy within ear shot hears and reports. A friend and refugee from the Castro and Che Guevara communist world tells of similar stories. Yet people risked much as they secretly listened to radio broadcasts from Radio Free Europe, The Voice of America and the BBC. When caught, the penalties were severe.

    The amazing advance of technology in recent years has made such spying and control easier and much, much more prevalent and dangerous as the following report clearly show.”
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    To read more, here is the link to my article:
    https://ayearningforpublius.wordpress.com/2018/12/22/a-dramatically-changed-world-part-3-but-has-human-nature-changed-china/

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    Further to my last, read what a major tech company – Microsoft – has to say about the dangers of facial recognition —

    https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-heres-why-we-need-ai-facial-recognition-laws-right-now/

    Communism and other forms of tyrannical governance thrives, and depends, on such mass surveillance of its populace. Our left leaning younger generations – and such elders as Bernie Sanders – would be well advised to pay heed to the lessons of the past and how those lessons apply to our modern connected world.

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    In a somewhat related danger associated with facial recognition technology, read of China’s treatment of the now popular Zoom video meeting platform:

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2020/12/19/zoom-executive-based-in-china-spied-on-dissidents-at-the-behest-of-the-chinese-communist-party-n1220998

    It seems to me that the very unwelcome, anonymous and unknown “independent fact checkers” of Facebook are somewhat of a cousin to the Chinese intrusion into Zoom.

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