According to the popular, evolutionary theory of human attraction, people select romantic partners based on objective assessments of what’s called their “mate value” — the extent to which an individual possesses traits like good looks and status. But is that really all that’s behind the way people pair up?
My guest today has done a series of studies which add greater nuance to the mysteries of romantic attraction. His name is Paul Eastwick
and he’s a professor of psychology at USC Davis. We begin our
conversation unpacking the fact that there’s sometimes a gap between the
sexual and romantic partners people say they prefer in the abstract,
and the partners they actually choose in real life. We then turn to
whether or not the popular idea that men value physical attractiveness
more than women, and that women value status and resources more than
men, is really true. We also talk about how people’s consensus over who
is and isn’t attractive changes over time, and whether it’s true that
people of equal attractiveness generally end up together. We end our
conversation discussing how these research-based insights can be applied
to the real world of dating, and why less attractive people may have
better luck meeting people offline than on.
Some interesting insights in this show that lend credence to the old adage that there’s someone for everyone.
What’s the accepted theory of how men and women are attracted to each other?
How “mate value” is calculated
Is it true that men value physical appearance more than women?
The self-insight gap that plagues daters
Why trait-based compatibility doesn’t give the full picture of a relationship’s potential
The importance of “fit” when it comes to compatibility
How physical attractiveness changes over time as we get to know people
Do equally attractive people always end up with each other?
What does modern science say about pick-up artist techniques?
Infants increasingly lack beneficial gut bacteria due to Caesareans, formula feeding, antibiotics
Piglets have a hard start in life, and trial will get under way in China to see if product can toughen them up
A company backed by Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing
has reintroduced a missing beneficial gut bacteria to more than 10,000
American babies. Now it is eyeing China’s babies – and piglets.
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Evolve BioSystems, a California probiotics
products developer, is in talks with Zhejiang University to conduct
clinical trials on more than 4,000 pigs this year in the province to
improve stock survival rates and cure gut diseases in piglets, said
chief executive Timothy Brown.
I hadn’t noticed it myself. Maybe you hadn’t either. But every single Apple
product in every promotional photo is set to 9:41 a.m. MacBook, iPad,
iPhone, it really doesn’t matter. With one big exception (which we’ll
get to), for every Apple product in the world, it was exactly 9:41 a.m.
at the time of its photo shoot.
Andrew Freinkel, former neurologist and psychiatrist at Stanford University Medical Center
Sometimes, the colon becomes overrun with VERY harmful bacteria which almost overwhelms the immune system. In this procedure, enemas are given to flush the those bacteria. Then, “good” bacteria are put into the colon — tranplanting the bacteria— creating a colony in the gut which is healthy. People who were really sick with colitis become, almost miraculously, better.