Friday, November 13, 2015

The cuddly epidermis

During the blog silence, we procreated this goomba:
And discovered that this, from James Q. Wilson's The Moral Sense, is pretty accurate:
"One of the cues (in evolutionary jargon, "releasers") that stimulates this affectional response in adults is 'cuteness' - by which I mean that set of traits by which we judge an organism to be delightfully attractive. We respond to certain features of people and animals in ways that suggest that we share a roughly common definition of cuteness: eyes large relative to the skull, chubby cheeks and a rounded chin, awkward movements, a cuddly epidermis, small size, and a distinctive smell. Nonparents, as well as parents, respond to those cues; and the response extends beyond the human infant to other creatures with those infantile traits. I suggest that social scientists and moral philosophers have paid too little attention to the concept of 'cute.'"
I'm not sure what this means for the future of the blog. Probably the same vegetative state occasionally revived by posts on politically irrelevant topics as always.


Emily Hale said...

So cute!

Patrick said...

Congratulations! What a blessing.

Withywindle said...


"Hobbes on Cuteness"--but for what journal?

Miss Self-Important said...


Hobbes is probably a poor choice of social scientist/moral philosopher of cuteness. One might have more luck with the 18th C. sentimentalists.

Alex said...

I hadn't seen this picture yet! Is she smiling? Very cute.

More pink bunnies, please.

Phoebe said...

So exciting!!!