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The Uncanny Valley

Interesting! From a reader:


Thought you’d be interested to know there’s a scientific

term for what you’re describing: the uncanny valley. It was

first used to explain why robots who look only vaguely human

(like C3PO) can be endearing, while robots who look

substantially human BUT NOT QUITE are creepy. It’s assumed

that the “almostness” triggers some primal fear instinct in

our modern brains: “That’s not a human! It’s trying to fool


Here’s a link.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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