[ by Charles Cameron — a questiom for Cath Styles and Emily Steiner ]
It’s my proposal here that look-alikes are in the eyes of the beholder, perhaps more so than other forms of likeness.
19th century Firefighters looked like Darth Vader and C3PO. pic.twitter.com/lmkC3bFi08
— History in Moments (@historyinmoment) September 30, 2016
Do they look like Darth Vader and C3PO to you, frankly — or more like each other?
One really does have to wonder how medieval monastics got hold of copies of Winnie the Pooh:
With a double hat-tip to the immensely followable twitter feed of PiersatPenn
And what about this?
Racism in the 1930s vs. today pic.twitter.com/TkvGiol3AO
— Nick Srnicek (@n_srnck) September 29, 2016
It probably takes some historical knowledge to appreciate the similarities here — the comparison is not entirely visual.
Are mathematically or verbally juxtaposable similarities equally subject to human comparative bias?