There are about 23 threads that reference this perception somewhere in conversation but I haven't really seen any that take the principle head-on. It took me a while to realize how much BJD's fall into the Uncanny Valley because I'm a robot geek and generally only think of this societal valley as a product of creating a human-like android. For those who don't know what the Uncanny Valley is: The Uncanny Valley is a concept that states what the general feeling is toward objects that resemble humans and our relationship to them. Dolls usually fall into the "don't look enough like us to care" category. Corpses are in the Uncanny Valley because they look like humans but there is obviously something wrong (They aren't moving, their skin is grey and they're gaunt. They're deceased and, thus, may hold disease). As you get out of the valley at the other side you come to healthy humans again. We are comfortable with that. Robotics and CG are striving to surpass the Valley and some even claim that the Valley doesn't exist because the science of it is so old. I think BJDs take dolls into the Valley because they look enough like humans for us to have a certain empathy with them but they're corpselike in the fact that they don't move, they can't stand, they have to be dressed, and they are still all the time. We relate this to illness, sickness, and a thing that is dead but is, at the same time, alive. BJD's used to have that effect on me especially when people would hold them at an odd angle that a person would usually not be or when they'd fall over without catching themselves. Have you ever experienced the Uncanny Valley with your dolls or someone else's? What are your thoughts on this? I know there are a lot of topics out there that deal with the "creepiness" of the dolls so if this is too similar to the other threads don't hesitate to delete it. But I thought it would be an interesting topic to have a specific label on creepiness and deal with the basics of why the creepiness exists head on.