On How Couples Meet and Legal Salaries

In my review of Modern Romance, I shared a graph from the Economist that depicts how couples met from 1940 to 2010: A quick glance tells us that the online category ascended sharply throughout the 1990’s and into the 2000’s. Online seemingly stole market share from every other method of meeting potential romantic partners, except …

Make The First Move

In chess, white has a distinct advantage. Historically, white’s winning percentage has ranged from 52 to 56 percent. In 2017, two top chess engines – AlphaZero and Stockfish – played 100 games against each other. AlphaZero won 25 games as white, but only three as black.1The remaining 72 were draws. Why? Because white goes first. …

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

I’ve read a lot of books on dating and romance. What started as an attempt to understand my first breakup became an intellectual fascination with intersexual dynamics. I’ve probably read enough on the topic to write a master’s thesis. So while Ansari’s book wasn’t bad, it didn’t teach me anything new. That said, refreshers are …