Week 9 : Body Language

Body language is a huge part of the way humans communicate with each other. Facial expressions can give away someones emotions instantly with no words. The way we use our hands when we talk is culturally created. People around the world use different hand gestures and facial expressions. All Mammals uses body language; we just use them in different kinds of way.

For example, while in conversation you can tell if someone is nervous, shy, or guilty by the placement of their eyes. People that look to the sides a lot are nervous, while people that look at the floor a lot are either shy, or guilty. However, what is true for one person, might not be true for everyone. Some cultures believe that looking into someones eyes is a sign of disrespect, while other cultures believe it is a sign of respect. I believe everyone needs to be culturally educated better so that body language is not misunderstood between different cultures.

The problem we have as humans today is that we do not understand how to communicate with animals because we are not able to understand animals body language. Rachel Mayeri created a video that shows humans more about the body language of baboons. Being aware of animal responses can teach us to be more sensitive towards others and make us be more aware about life overall.

Most people do not know how to behave around dogs; for they treat them in way that dogs do not understand. We allow dogs to become the leader of the household.

Animals have facial expressions, similar to humans. For example, the house cat has muscles in its face that give it a wide variety of expressions. These expessions can be learned in order to understand better cat body language.

Another way to learn about animal body language is through interspecies art. Interspecies art is something I find very interesting. The artist, Mark Fischer represents actual animal calls in his work. This is an artistic way to let humans become on a higher level of awareness to animal communication.

This image is of a single lag dolphin whistle, rendered as a wavelet graph with polar coordinates. By Mark Fischer.
This image is of a single lag dolphin whistle, rendered as a wavelet graph with polar coordinates. By Mark Fischer.


“Today, technological hubris prompts many to declare we can control nature. Fortunately, a growing number of ecologically-minded people recognize that our own society must develop a conciliatory relationship with nature if we are to survive. Although the anticipated drift toward biocentrism–defined as life lived with nature (not humans) at the center–seems wildly revolutionary to some, its goal is mild in practice, mostly insisting that each one of us meet nature halfway.”


Christina Carr


Cited work : http://www.interspecies.com/pages/who.html



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