To figure out how we pick mates, scientists have measured every shape and angle of the human face, studied the symmetry of dancers, crafted formulas from the measurements of Playboy models, and had both men and women rank attractiveness based on smelling armpit sweat.
After all this and more, the rules of attraction for the human species are still not clearly understood.
Even more fortunately, improv comedy has developed a ton of guidelines for exactly this purpose, and they are 100% applicable to talking to girls and people in general.
But a short list of scientific rules for the game of love is emerging.
Symmetry equals sex Starting at conception, the human body develops by neatly splitting cells.
If every division were to go perfectly, the result would be a baby whose left and right sides are mirror images. Genetic mutations and environmental pressures skew symmetry, and the results have lifelong implications.
The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerably from country to country and over time.
While the term has several meanings, the most frequent usage refers to two or more people exploring whether they are romantically or sexually compatible by participating in dates with the other.