Homework Help

Does everyone in the world have a look-alike? How do you find them?

user profile pic

shinyteethgirl | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 1, 2010 at 2:52 PM via web

dislike 0 like

Does everyone in the world have a look-alike? How do you find them?

13 Answers | Add Yours

user profile pic

jmj616 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted February 1, 2010 at 4:03 PM (Answer #2)

dislike 0 like

I do not think that every person has a look-alike.  Every human being has a unique genetic code which causes each one of us to look at least a little bit different than everyone else.

The only exception to this is identical twins.  Since they are formed from the same cell, they have identical genetic codes.  Any differences in their appearance would have to be the result of environmental factors.  For example, if Twin A spent more time in the sun, then she would have darker (or perhaps redder) skin than her sister, Twin B. 

If you want to find someone who looks more or less like yourself, you might not have to travel too far.  People of your own immediate family share the most genes with you, and are the most likely to look like you.  Going a little farther afield, people who have the same ethnic background are more likely to look alike than those with different backgrounds.  For example, two Jews of Eastern European heritage are more likely to look alike than an African-American and a person of the Han ethnic group in China. 

 

user profile pic

marbar57 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted February 1, 2010 at 4:14 PM (Answer #3)

dislike 0 like

I've heard it said that we all have look alikes, but I've yet to meet mine.  And even if I did meet someone who looks like me on the outside, they wouldn't be like me on the inside!  They wouldn't think like me, talk like me, dress like me, like or dislike the same things I do, have the same personality I do, have the same family history and genetic makeup I do, and the same values I do.

Identical twins are supposed to be the most alike of anybody on earth, but even they have their differences. 

user profile pic

shinyteethgirl | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 1, 2010 at 4:24 PM (Answer #4)

dislike 0 like

Does everyone in the world have a love match for them?

 

user profile pic

epollock | Valedictorian

Posted February 1, 2010 at 8:17 PM (Answer #5)

dislike 0 like

I don't know if people have look-a-likes. But the technology is getting closer. I think there are software companies making social networking sites for people that look similar and use facial recognition software to find people that look similar. 

user profile pic

scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 2, 2010 at 3:05 PM (Answer #6)

dislike 0 like

I personally don't believe that everybody in the world has a look-alike, and it seems that it would be impossible to prove such a theory, but at one point the Germans believed in this theory so much that they have a word used only for one's look-alike, "dubbelganger." With the multicultural aspects of our global society, it is fathomable that most people have at lease one person in the world who closely resembles him or her.  That being said, we have so many ways to alter appearance now (hair dye, plastic surgery, cosmetic dentistry, etc.), that it would be difficult to know if two people naturally look alike.

user profile pic

Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 3, 2010 at 6:30 AM (Answer #7)

dislike 0 like

I think everyone in the world has other humans who resemble them. How to find them, well I think the use of the Internet and facial recognition software would help a lot with achieving that. A chance meeting between look-alikes would be the other way of discovering your other self.

user profile pic

giorgiana1976 | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted February 9, 2010 at 11:33 AM (Answer #8)

dislike 0 like

People are very similar in structure due to DNA. The ability to resemble is better if they are coming from the same ethnic group .

user profile pic

besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 31, 2010 at 4:11 PM (Answer #9)

dislike 0 like

There are millions and millions of people in the world. There is always going to people who resemble us in some way or another. As far finding them goes, that may be impossible. The population is too high. Finding this person would just boil down to luck.

user profile pic

ako6777 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted June 16, 2010 at 7:14 AM (Answer #10)

dislike 0 like

You are referring to a doppelganger.  This is the German term for a "double walker." I don't believe in the concept, but I am sure there are many people out there who resemble me. I don't think it is possible to find them, unless some social network was created to do the job for you.

user profile pic

jamess9587 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 3, 2011 at 8:05 AM (Answer #11)

dislike 0 like

it's true! everyone has an exact double who looks exactly like you! a couple of  days ago i visited blackpool with my sister and my parents.. th park we were staying in had an casino for children... me an nadine (14) went to  it, there when we were  jus walking about i saw this girl which acually shocked me! i go to fivemiletown college and this girl called rachel kirkpatrick moved there last year and she was in my sisters year and then everybody found out this dirty rumour about her having s*x when she was 11 so then she moved back to her old school and she wass really stunning.. and hen when i  was at the casino i saw a girl and i was shocked because i had only seen rachel once since she moved! so i went over an hugged her and said HELLO RACHEL! and the girl that looks like rachel said what the  fuck are you doing?  who the fuck are you?! and i replied arent you rachel? you went to my school last year? fivemiletown she said i live in scotland? and i dont have a clue who you are?! and i swear she looked IDENTICAL   to rachel!

user profile pic

jamess9587 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 3, 2011 at 8:06 AM (Answer #12)

dislike 0 like

it's true! everyone has an exact double who looks exactly like you! a couple of  days ago i visited blackpool with my sister and my parents.. th park we were staying in had an casino for children... me an nadine (14) went to  it, there when we were  jus walking about i saw this girl which acually shocked me! i go to fivemiletown college and this girl called rachel kirkpatrick moved there last year and she was in my sisters year and then everybody found out this dirty rumour about her having s*x when she was 11 so then she moved back to her old school and she wass really stunning.. and hen when i  was at the casino i saw a girl and i was shocked because i had only seen rachel once since she moved! so i went over an hugged her and said HELLO RACHEL! and the girl that looks like rachel said what the  f*ck are you doing?  who the f*ck are you?! and i replied arent you rachel? you went to my school last year? fivemiletown she said i live in scotland? and i dont have a clue who you are?! and i swear she looked IDENTICAL   to rachel!

user profile pic

jamess9587 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 3, 2011 at 8:09 AM (Answer #13)

dislike 0 like

it's true! everyone has an exact double who looks exactly like you! a couple of  days ago i visited blackpool with my sister and my parents.. th park we were staying in had an casino for children... me an nadine (14) went to  it, there when we were  jus walking about i saw this girl which acually shocked me! i go to fivemiletown college and this girl called rachel kirkpatrick moved there last year and she was in my sisters year and then everybody found out this dirty rumour about her having s*x when she was 11 so then she moved back to her old school and she wass really stunning.. and hen when i  was at the casino i saw a girl and i was shocked because i had only seen rachel once since she moved! so i went over an hugged her and said HELLO RACHEL! and the girl that looks like rachel said what the  f*ck are you doing?  who the f*ck are you?! and i replied arent you rachel? you went to my school last year? fivemiletown she said i live in scotland? and i dont have a clue who you are?! and i swear she looked IDENTICAL   to rachel! and a boy i know andrew irwin i saw his complete double at pleasure beach! but did not say anything after my last embarassing story... but there you go! it's true everyone does but who knows... mine could be dead? :/

user profile pic

zumba96 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted June 30, 2014 at 6:06 PM (Answer #14)

dislike 0 like

It is said we have 7 look a likes in the world but it is not easy to find them. Even if we do have 7 look a likes there is no way it is the exact same as us because the genetic code would be different. It is a doppelganger. 

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes