WHAT IF LOVE IS JUST A MATTER OF IMPROBABLE ODDS WORKING TOWARDS EACH OTHER TO FIND SURPRISING RESULTS?
Science and love, as mentioned in our previous article, gives light to the idea that science can basically work on anything. It considers the possibility that love isn’t what it used to be—love at first sight, a guy sweeping you off your feet, butterflies in your stomach, etc—now, it’s just a magical thing that can hit you out of the blue. Well, that is thanks to the magic that science and probability can bring.
First off, to easily paint a picture of how probability for love works, let me tell you a story. One day, there was this lonely American guy in London. His loneliness brought him to the idea of using equation to find out the odds if he’ll ever find love in the big city. He did just that: formed calculations to come up with the number of lucky ladies that’ll fit into his criteria for dating. He found out that there are 8 million people in London, almost half of them women. So, how many did he find compatible for him? 26. Yep, you read that right. 26.
It sounds horrible, really. If, say, there are over 4 million people in London and you only find 26 of them compatible with you, then you are definitely in for a rut. Maybe it’s not the numbers and they way the criteria is set, you say? Maybe. But, in order to fill his dating criteria, the guy used the Drake Equation. That’s right, the same equation used in the 1960’s to find out whether there are other intelligent life in our galaxy—which suddenly made more sense when applied to dating.
By easily subtracting all the people with unsuitable characteristics for you, you’ll eventually have an end result that can end with, well, 26 people. If you, for example, used the equation such as; people living in London—how many are women—how many are single—how many are in your age bracket—how many have a university degree—how many may fit your idea of attractive—how many you think will find you attractive—and eventually, you’ll probably end up with 26 people or something close to that number.
If you’re looking for love, then, those criteria may well fit your idea of dream guy/girl. What’s more to finding love using equations is that the necessary figures can be easily obtained from any National Statistics office. However, you are on your own when it comes to compatibility and attraction whenever solving for the equation. Or you could easily base your numbers base from experience, just like the American guy did.
Though, for some, it’s rather a depressing idea that only a small number of possible partners for a large city, it’s not always the case. If you’re picky then you’ll likely end up with the same numbers as the American guy, with only 26 matches out of the 4 million women in London. But he did eventually manage to find his perfect match and marry her, so I guess it all relies to how good your math really is.
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