Friday, September 7, 2012


From Wikipedia: A microexpression
is a brief, involuntary facial expression shown on the face of humans according to emotions experienced. They usually occur in high-stakes situations, where people have something to lose or gain. Unlike regular facial expressions, it is difficult to hide microexpression reactions. Microexpressions express the seven universal emotions: disgust, anger, fear, sadness, happiness, surprise, and contempt. Nevertheless, in the 1990s, Paul Ekman expanded his list of basic emotions, including a range of positive and negative emotions not all of which are encoded in facial muscles. These emotions are amusement, contempt, embarrassment, excitement, guilt, pride, relief, satisfaction, pleasure, and shame. (The TV show Lie to Me was based on this study)
From Ann Althouse: Live-blogging Day 3 of the Democratic convention.
10:17: The speech ends, and there's a flurry of confetti. No balloons, because an indoor presentation hadn't been planned. Obama steps forward and waves. There's a closeup of his face and I think I see his lip curl with a bit of disgust, and I rewind and ask Meade to interpret the face and he says: resignation. Subjectively, we think we see in his face that he knows he's going to lose.


  1. "Subjectively, we think we see in his face that he knows he's going to lose."

    Good! Another way to say this is: WE are going to WIN!

  2. “…he knows he's going to lose…”

    He knows it. We know it. There are a few out there who still refuse (too embarrassed?) to admit that they were wrong the first time around. Those will never admit it.


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