Does a living body reveal the story of its life?
April 3, 2011 10:40 PM Subscribe
Are there ever any reliable inferences to be drawn about a person's work or lifestyle from physical characteristics?
posted by yesster to Society & Culture (63 answers total) 49 users marked this as a favorite
Sometimes this is a trope done the detective genre, and I'm wondering if there's any validity to it. For example, (roughly) "Watson, that man across the street is obviously a blacksmith; his right arm is bigger than his left, his shoes have cinder burns, and his face is ruddy from the forge."
Sometimes it happens in everyday life. Maybe someone says, "Look at that guy. Clothes ... face...teeth..behavior. Must be a crackhead."
I've also had a lingering urge to do some kind of artistic exploration (writing? poetry? sculpture? glass? dunno) of the way that work and life can shape bodies, so this is related to that. So are there "truckdriver" bodies or "farmer" bodies or anything like that.
Stories/observations either confirming/disproving welcome.