Double curiosity

Curiosity! , We have all experienced this in one form or another, whether that be wondering how as humans we managed to get people to the moon or mars, or whether we are generally just asking questions that we particular want to know the answer too.  We have all been their staring wide-eyed asking and wondering. Giving us a strong desire to know or learn something new. But what does curiosity have to do with learning?, just like Albert Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”.  Curiosity helps us to search and understand answers we have longed thought about. Its what helps humans to keep learning and experimenting. Curiosity is a good thing!

For me just over the last couple of weeks I’ve been overly curious and a little obsessed with the idea that I potentially have a doppelgänger right now. Let me explain this further, we have all walked down the street and saw a person we have mistakenly thought was someone else right? , Gave them the wave only to be greeted with an awkward stare, in which we reply, “gosh that looks like (insert name here)”. I can’t tell you how many times this has happened to me and from these multiple experiences, my general curiosity led me to Google like any young person these days to try to answer the question, does everyone have a doppelganger?

So where is my twin? My Doppelganger? What would it be like to come face to face with her if she does exist? According to live science (2015) and an assistant professor Michael Sheehan of neurobiology and behavior at Cornell University state that,  “There is only so much genetic diversity to go around, If you shuffle that deck of cards so many times, at some point, you get the same hand dealt to you twice.” The question then goes back to the notion of evolution; global news (Mortillaro,2015) , and Sheehan said this is due to our faces being evolved and the importance of individuality to our species. Though it seems that some scientist believe that the idea of doppelgängers is just from our personal perception, that our brains take in the persons individual features and slowly recognizes what it chooses to believe as illustrated by Dovey (2015). “Studies published in the October 2006 issue of the journal Science showed that our brains are particularly attuned to respond to the details in faces”(Brown, 2007). This is so interesting to me, the idea that our brains can choose to make us believe that we are seeing the person we know. That they indeed have the same features and by chance happen to look like them but in fact it is just human evolution. Curiouser and curiouser! So if my Doppelganger is reading this , its nice to finally meet you !

If your just as interested and curious like I am here’s a cool case study!  , Plus comment if you have experienced or come across your own twin or someone that you know has, can’t wait to hear stories from you!

As always all the best

Chelsea x

References:

  1. Hadhazy 2015, Does everyone have a look-alike?, Live science, viewed 4th March 2016, < http://www.livescience.com/52103-does-everyone-have-a-look-alike.html&gt;
  2. Mortillaro 2015, your doppelganger exists, according to science. Here’s why, Global News, viewed 4th March 2016, < http://globalnews.ca/news/2300048/your-doppelganger-exists-according-to-science-heres-why/&gt;
  3. Dovey 2015, Doppelganger Project finds unrelated strangers who look nearly identical, but science still unsure, Medical Daily, viewed 4th March 2016, < http://www.medicaldaily.com/pulse/doppelganger-project-finds-unrelated-strangers-who-look-nearly-identical-science-329404&gt;
  4. Brown, B 2007, ‘Does Everybody Have a Double’, ABC News, 29th February, viewed 4th March, < http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=2912199&page=1&gt;.
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