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The Tell by Matthew Hertenstein

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FROM DATING TO MATING

“Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?”

SHAKESPEARE

Millions of people are looking for a romantic partner. Some will develop a relationship with someone they’ve had a long time to get acquainted with. Many will have to decide whether to ask another person out on a date based on little more than a few minutes’ worth of information. Should I invite the guy I just met in the grocery store out to dinner? Should I accept if I’m asked? The answers to these questions could determine a person’s future.

Thanks to eons of evolution, our brains come preprogrammed with specific preferences in prospective companions. In a nutshell, evolutionary theory suggests that the primary function of members of every species is to pass ...

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