Every Edenic phrenologist’s favorite bogeyman.
Snake melons occupy many of the highest positions in the social pyramid, according to my overwatch theory. I haven’t described these positions yet because I’m not quite comfortable with my grasp of the dynamics.
Snake melons are characterized by their unusually verbal-tilted IQs, which seems to average between one and two standard deviations higher than their nonverbal IQs. They have excellent memory recall, are highly attentive to immediate sensory stimuli, and are generally quite perceptive of social dynamics and have an intuitive sense for large-scale societal movements. This gives rise to connoisseurship (wine, food, and entertainment) and a predictable range of academic interests: history, poetry, cultural commentary with stilted prose, breeding and lineage (both human and animal), and of course finance and politics.
Of all the melon types, their crania tend to be the smallest and least impressive. This is in keeping with my observation that brain size primarily predicts gray matter growth, and the general dysgenic trend in this social class. However, the consistently recurring outliers in this respect are bar-none the most dangerous specimens of humanity.
Their psychological makeup is (IMO) the purest extant expression of the original archaic melonhead suite. Within their preferred fields of banking and politics, they typically dominate the highest tiers and ruthlessly promote each other at the expense of all other types, according to the logic of the melon filtering process. Their sense of who is “family” and who isn’t is uncanny and instinctual—I wouldn’t be surprised if they do it by smell.
Within “the family” they are congenial, and energized by competing in good faith for fun, prestige, and honor. Toward the vast majority of humanity they are domineering and psychopathic, seeing them as animals to be bred for purpose, paid with compliments (and sometimes even rice!), and trained to obedience with whips. I mean that part about seeing them as animals quite literally by the way, unless you actually witness the way they treat “the help” you won’t really understand it.
They do not appreciate visual art except for the historical and iconographic aspects, which may be discussed aloud to garner prestige. Therefore, their taste in clothing and decoration is determined primarily by expense (where more expensive is better), and somehow manages to be both plain and garish, and usually ill-fitting. That which cannot be described in verbal terms simply does not matter—to understand this, imagine they will later write up a report to someone else who is interested in evaluating the other person’s social class.
(Spot the snake: which facial composite was constructed from heads of state? From high-level bankers? From SJWs?)
Their conversational style is perfectly described by the link above, concerned with reality management. They do not believe other people should possess knowledge, which is a form of power—most types must be taught this, but while snake melons respect integrity (in the sense of honoring informal back-room agreements) they instinctually consider openness a bizarre form of retardation. Thus, written contracts and agreements are just part of the game, and subject to change. Their interest with ritualized traditions is a sort of sport they play amongst themselves, because conforming assiduously to such displays inevitably produces minuscule nonconformities of personality that are noted, interpreted, and remembered by highly perceptive observers.
Their weakness is in their extreme reliance on instinct, their insularity, and thus their inability to adapt. Despite their ability to perceive and react to any social trends that follow hard-coded forms, they usually lack the bigmelon industrial processing for symbols and iconography, the thal-back’s ability to distill patterns into essence, the big-eye melon’s incredible empathy, and the owl melon’s peculiar talent for sensing karma and destiny. Thus, they are most powerful during peacetime, prosperity, and stability, and relatively powerless to overcome adversity or survive privation and upheaval. You’ve never seen an emotional outburst until you’ve seen a snake melon lose a job, let alone go without servants or meat.
The most extreme example I know of comes from Italy (naturally). Dante Alighieri:
Though it’s difficult to precisely nail down the snake melon phrenology, there are some things we can say for sure which Dante typifies in the extreme. They have largish hooked noses, angular faces with high cheekbones and pointed chins, smallish heads, slight builds (short, and generally ectomorphic although they are often fat and fleshy), heavy lidding of the eyes (where the flesh below the eyes is bunched), and a generally snake-like appearance that is hard to miss.
The hooked nose predicts extremely predatory behavior, beyond what you’d normally expect from neurotypicals. These are people whose driving motivation in any exchange is personal profit at your expense, and thus they ought to be avoided whenever possible. The pointed chin is associated with the constant scheming of an insatiable villain. Ectomorphism indicates a person whose evolutionary strategy does not include physical work or combat effectiveness. Lidded eyes are another predatory indicator. Positive canthal tilt is fairly common but not characteristic.
Though snake melons are capable of writing policy in grisly detail, they are usually content to delegate this to technocrats and simply disapprove of individual parts that don’t conform to the intended spirit. So long as a couple of poignant details get through, it doesn’t really matter what the rest of a 1,000-page policy says anyway. The rest serves as obfuscatory blather, and certainly isn’t worth missing a cocktail party over just to do it oneself.
Vox Day is an intermediate form between the snake melon and the big-eye melon.
He has the snake’s predatory hooked nose and lidded eyes, the empathic wide-spaced and large eyes (and concommitant sadism), the verbally tilted IQ of a snake, and (oddly) the introversion of deep sockets. NB: the extreme verbal tilt (i.e. well-known visuospatial retardation), combined with a full-battery IQ score of 151, suggests a much higher verbal IQ than he lets on.