Dating

The Atlantic: Humans, the playwright Aristophanes argued, once had four arms, four legs, and two faces. Our current, more streamlined look—current in ancient Greece, and current, still, today—came about because of pride. Those extra-ancient, multi-limbed humans had become arrogant, Aristophanes had it, and the gods, being gods, resented that. Zeus More

The Economist: BEAUTY opens many doors. Study after study has concluded that the comely earn more, are better liked, are treated more indulgently and are even given more lenient sentences in court than their plainer counterparts. The door it opens widest, though, is the romantic one. As both common sense More

Pacific Standard: It’s every average-looking man’s dream. After being rejected by that handsome hunk, that beautiful woman you’ve been admiring from afar will realize her error in judgment and finally notice you. A lovely scenario, but newly published research suggests it’s highly unlikely. In two studies, “rejection by an attractive More