The 5 Habits Framework

1) Evidence (How do I know what's true?)

2) Perspective (Who might think differently?)

3) Connections (What other areas of knowledge are connected?)

4) Supposition (How might it be different if..?)

5) Significance (Is this important?)

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Science of Judging a Politician's Looks

How you judge politicians' attractiveness, according to science

Ooh la la.
(Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

1)  What evidence is outlined in the article?  Can you notice any immediate flaws in the experiment?  What are the limits of personal opinions regarding attractiveness?  Is there universal beauty in human attractiveness?

2)  What other factors might give someone a biased opinion of attractiveness?  To what degree can people of different political parties find companionship?  In what ways might men and women political figures be judged similarly?      

3)  What other idioms or sayings are there regarding beauty? Do opposites attract? How do they apply to politics?   Can this be related to other areas?  The media?  Sports?  Education?

4)  What would happen if there were only radio debates during elections?  What would happen if everyone believed this information?  Would past election results have changed?  Future?

5)  What is the larger impact of party affiliation and perceptions of attractiveness?  What are the best positive implications of this experiment for future voters?  Why is this news?

Extension Activities:

1)  Students can study the famed televised Kennedy/Nixon debates and write a letter of advice to each politician regarding their appearance for another debate.
2)  Students can create fictional eHarmony profiles for famous historical figures.
3)  Students can study the golden ratio and describe
4)  Students can compare and contrast the way attractiveness is demonstrated in nature in their own regions' ecosystem with others around the world?

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