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Saw Robin Ince live and he used this book as an example of how being interested to the point of obsession led Darwin to write an entire book about the face. I am a cosmetic practitioner and replace features using tattooing and I found it so useful. The book isn't the exact words of Darwin, it has been updated by other experts due to more recent research but the essence of Darwin is still there.
I gave this reading a try and I discovered a real gem. From communication and conflict even to understanding trauma (even though not intended fir that purpose) this is a rigorous collection. I hope people will notice further. On Suzanne Chevalier-Skolnikoff's brilliant review, I understand that Lamarckian inheritance is outdated, however there are late studies on famine (the Australian school) and on stress that may thrown some hints that it is not a completely false theory. I wonder what the author thinks about this... Is Lamarckian inheritance theory dead in the water?
This book was fantastic. Yes, as someone else pointed out it does have a good amount of "big" words and as I read it I had the dictionary app on my phone open next to me. It is a great book to understand the fundamentals in facial expressions. It doesnt just preach about Darwin and how great of a man he was, it dives deeper into so much other research.
If your looking for a book to fly through, this is not one of them. This book has a lot of information and it deserves for you to take your time and read it carefully. If you want a book you can breeze through without it challenging your vocabulary or your mind then this is not it. It is a tough read but anything easy isn't worth doing/reading.
I've read unmasking the face by Ekman about 5 times and loved it. This however is a whole different game. This book is not for the everyday man. If you buy it read it next to your laptop with Wikipedia at the ready.