The Physics of Kissing

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    Dec 08, 2010 10:57 PM GMT
    This should be a no brainer-but it completely blew my mind that infrared radiation or IR (basically just heat radiation) is the mechanism utilized in kissing with eyes closed. Seriously, who kisses with their eyes open? NO ONE does because it's creepy, but have you ever noticed how it's hard to miss when kissing someone else even with eyes closed? It's because your lips can sense the heat from their face/body and vice versa. Basically your lips are acting as a heat sensing magnet; as your lips get closer you will begin to feel the sensation of IR (try it with a friend lol).

    IR is emitted by anything that is warm, and while you can't see it, your skin can detect it. According to a Dr. Muller from UC Berkeley, our lips are the most sensitive part of our body for detecting IR. So if you were to bring your face close to something hot, you would feel the heat much more intensely via your lips than if you were to simply bring your fingers near it. Apparently this is the same science snakes use to detect prey and mosquitoes use to find/bite humans.

    Sorry if this is long and weird but I find this fascinating hahaha.
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    Dec 08, 2010 11:09 PM GMT
    Thanks for informing me about this! Next time I kiss someone ill tell them why they should never have their eyes open while making out.
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    Dec 08, 2010 11:14 PM GMT
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    Dec 08, 2010 11:45 PM GMT
    PotatoPotato saidThis should be a no brainer-but it completely blew my mind that infrared radiation or IR (basically just heat radiation) is the mechanism utilized in kissing with eyes closed. Seriously, who kisses with their eyes open? NO ONE does because it's creepy, but have you ever noticed how it's hard to miss when kissing someone else even with eyes closed? It's because your lips can sense the heat from their face/body and vice versa. Basically your lips are acting as a heat sensing magnet; as your lips get closer you will begin to feel the sensation of IR (try it with a friend lol).

    IR is emitted by anything that is warm, and while you can't see it, your skin can detect it. According to a Dr. Muller from UC Berkeley, our lips are the most sensitive part of our body for detecting IR. So if you were to bring your face close to something hot, you would feel the heat much more intensely via your lips than if you were to simply bring your fingers near it. Apparently this is the same science snakes use to detect prey and mosquitoes use to find/bite humans.

    Sorry if this is long and weird but I find this fascinating hahaha.



    Thanks for the info man this was great
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    Dec 09, 2010 4:43 AM GMT
    PotatoPotato saidThis should be a no brainer-but it completely blew my mind that infrared radiation or IR (basically just heat radiation) is the mechanism utilized in kissing with eyes closed. Seriously, who kisses with their eyes open? NO ONE does because it's creepy, but have you ever noticed how it's hard to miss when kissing someone else even with eyes closed? It's because your lips can sense the heat from their face/body and vice versa. Basically your lips are acting as a heat sensing magnet; as your lips get closer you will begin to feel the sensation of IR (try it with a friend lol).

    IR is emitted by anything that is warm, and while you can't see it, your skin can detect it. According to a Dr. Muller from UC Berkeley, our lips are the most sensitive part of our body for detecting IR. So if you were to bring your face close to something hot, you would feel the heat much more intensely via your lips than if you were to simply bring your fingers near it. Apparently this is the same science snakes use to detect prey and mosquitoes use to find/bite humans.

    Sorry if this is long and weird but I find this fascinating hahaha.


    This is pretty cool. Are you high or just a philosophy major? But, for real, it's great.
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    Dec 09, 2010 7:45 PM GMT
    Ha, no I'm a chemistry major and I'm not high...just really weird.
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    Dec 09, 2010 8:02 PM GMT
    PotatoPotato saidThis should be a no brainer-but it completely blew my mind that infrared radiation or IR (basically just heat radiation) is the mechanism utilized in kissing with eyes closed. Seriously, who kisses with their eyes open? NO ONE does because it's creepy, but have you ever noticed how it's hard to miss when kissing someone else even with eyes closed? It's because your lips can sense the heat from their face/body and vice versa. Basically your lips are acting as a heat sensing magnet; as your lips get closer you will begin to feel the sensation of IR (try it with a friend lol).

    IR is emitted by anything that is warm, and while you can't see it, your skin can detect it. According to a Dr. Muller from UC Berkeley, our lips are the most sensitive part of our body for detecting IR. So if you were to bring your face close to something hot, you would feel the heat much more intensely via your lips than if you were to simply bring your fingers near it. Apparently this is the same science snakes use to detect prey and mosquitoes use to find/bite humans.

    Sorry if this is long and weird but I find this fascinating hahaha.


    pretty sure that isn't the only heat seaking organ
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    Dec 09, 2010 8:11 PM GMT
    thats cool, I like odd post like this but thats because I am kinda nerdy lol icon_redface.gif
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    Dec 09, 2010 8:38 PM GMT
    That's awesome! I never even thought about how people can find each others' lips with their eyes closed. Its funny that you mentioned people don't usually kiss with their eyes open because in high school, one of my teachers was showing us his daughters wedding pictures and commented on how it was weird that they had their eyes closed when kissing and we all told him that it was normal. He didn't believe us haha.
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    Dec 09, 2010 8:40 PM GMT
    Nice post, and interesting indeed. I sometimes open my eyes just for the sake of it, and then I realize it's kinda weird and then close em again icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 09, 2010 8:43 PM GMT
    That's too cute. Perked my day up and let me tell you after being on the phone with our cell phone provider and going through hell, its something like this that made me smile and a much needed smile by the way so THANK YOU buddy for that icon_biggrin.gif

    Also on a cute note when I kiss my guy I always peek with an eye open once in a while to check to see if he has his eyes open as well lol which he does once in a while but its to see if I had my eyes open as well lol
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    Dec 09, 2010 9:06 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidIn other news, your screenname is a battery.


    oh Paul... you just can't resist an opening... can ya?! icon_twisted.gif
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    Dec 09, 2010 9:19 PM GMT
    res_ident said
    paulflexes saidIn other news, your screenname is a battery.


    oh Paul... you just can't resist an opening... can ya?! icon_twisted.gif


    It's why we love him. <3
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    Dec 09, 2010 9:22 PM GMT
    this is awesome, great pick up line too.
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    Dec 09, 2010 10:48 PM GMT
    <--- Physicists are so the best kissers

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    Dec 09, 2010 11:03 PM GMT
    Notwithstanding the validity (or not) of the IR bit, it is hardly a major calamity if your lips fail to make perfect initial contact. In that event, do you not simply use that other sense to which your lips are very sensitive (ie touch), to find the right spot? I also suspect that, as you are usually holding onto one another and you invariably close your eyes immediately before making lip contact, it is simply a matter of cognitive awareness, rather than IR sensitivity.
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    Dec 09, 2010 11:52 PM GMT
    Uh, citation or we get to start making fun of you. I'm not getting any google hits...
    (With citation, one of the best pick-up (or post-pick) up lines ever.)
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    Dec 10, 2010 1:00 AM GMT
    neosyllogy saidUh, citation or we get to start making fun of you. I'm not getting any google hits...
    (With citation, one of the best pick-up (or post-pick) up lines ever.)


    I can't actually find any hard scientific articles on it either (I was actually searching those yesterday when I posted this). The book is somewhat childish, but I picked up 'The Instant Physicist' by professor Richard A. Muller from UC Berkeley for days when I had free time. I recommend buying it--not very hard science but definitely a fun read.

    http://today.lbl.gov/2010/11/18/mullers-new-book-the-instant-physicist-explored-on-nprs-forum/

    It's based on a class called "Physics for Future Presidents." If I find any articles that tie kissing to IR (outside of this book) I will be sure to post links, after-all, Muller had to have gotten this information from some viable source.
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    Dec 10, 2010 1:12 AM GMT
    I kiss with my eyes open sometimes, haha.
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    Dec 10, 2010 1:34 AM GMT
    OP, can you teach me the physics of kissing?
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    Dec 10, 2010 1:46 AM GMT
    sublstyley saidthis is awesome, great pick up line too.


    Yeah lets try it!
    For scientific purposes of course...icon_twisted.gif
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    Dec 10, 2010 3:25 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]PotatoPotato said

    IR is emitted by anything that is warm, and while you can't see it, your skin can detect it. According to a Dr. Muller from UC Berkeley, our lips are the most sensitive part of our body for detecting IR. So if you were to bring your face close to something hot, you would feel the heat much more intensely via your lips than if you were to simply bring your fingers near it. .
    .[/quote]

    I kissed Dr. Muller and and it was magic. The man knows what he's talking about.