OK, I admit that this subject may not be of the greatest importance – that’s why I started it off in the Flounder forum. But it is something I have contemplated ever since I stood in the back of a Taipei elevator a few years ago and noticed the back of the man’s head in front of me was flat as a board. Glancing about, I noticed that other’s heads too were flat in back and I wondered what the heck is that all about. Is it from lying on their backs only and not being rotated as babies? Do Taiwanese tie a board to the back of a baby’s head to form a desirable head shape, as used to be done with foot binding? Or is that just the way that Taiwanese are naturally formed?
Please understand that I’ve got nothing against flat heads, per se, and I don’t mean to infer that such heads are inferior. It’s just that I’ve studied the phenomenon over the years and wondered about the cause. If it’s just a matter of god having given flat heads to Taiwanese people, what would be the purpose of that? Isn’t a more symetrical egg-shaped head more sensible from a perspective of physics – more structurally sound, less surface area per volume, more streamlined, etc. What benefit could be gained by making it flat in the back other than the fact that the head will flop around less when one is lying on one’s back, but that problem was resolved eons ago through the invention of the pillow.
Does anyone have any have any answers concerning this most vexing of issues?