Thursday, March 11th, 2010 - The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)
The national science hub explores the secrets behind dating this Adelaide Fringe Festival

Considering there are around 6.6 billion people in the world what exactly are the odds of finding your perfect match?

Millions of romantics would tell you true love can happen to anyone, anytime and this month the national science hub is explaining the scientific factors of dating from the biology and evolution of attraction to the durability and physics of condoms.

As part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival, scientist with a twist, Chris Krishna-Pillay (Chris KP), is performing his adults-only sex education cabaret, Pre-Coital: The Science of Dating, at the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus).

“There are so many scientific things to consider about dating. First of all, with so many people spread out across the world, the old phrase ‘getting lucky’ is pretty spot on, but it might be easier than you think,” Chris says.

“Take physical beauty for example. It really is a numbers game –it’s all about symmetry, ratios and proportions. Biologically, you will often be drawn to someone with characteristics that are complementary to yours. The different characteristics help to diversify the gene pool which makes the species more resilient.

“But even so, hormones are jumping around all over the place meaning you can find someone attractive one day, and not the other.

“When women are ovulating they are drawn towards masculine men to provide the ‘seed’, but for the rest of their cycle women are generally more attracted to men with slightly more feminised facial features – perhaps those who are more likely to look after the children.”

“So if a friend tells me he asked a woman out on a date and got turned down, I tell him to go back in 10 days and try again. If he gets rejected again, then maybe it just wasn’t meant to be,”

You might be surprised to know that this singer about pheromones and inflater of condoms is the Victorian Manager of CSIRO Education and Secretary of the National Science Week Victorian Coordinating Committee.

“I landed on fertile thespian ground while studying at Monash University. I got involved with impro, stand-up, street theatre, musicals, contemporary, sketch/revue, radio, and managed to knock off a couple of science degrees at the same time.”

Chris KP says he is happy to provide anecdotal advice, but doesn’t want to be held accountable for failed romances.

“My best dating tip would be three-fold: listen to the other person, have as much fun as you both can and don’t forget ‘the spark’ that can happen anywhere, any time,” Chris said..

Pre Coital: The Science of Dating is a FRINGE event showing at the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) 11th – 13th March 2010. For bookings visit:

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The national science hub, the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) concentrates on ‘bringing science to people and people to science’. It creates real and virtual spaces in which people can listen, talk and think about science in all its shapes and forms and develop innovative and accessible ways of engaging the general community, raising scientific awareness and lifting the level of debate on critical issues arising from science and technology. The RiAus strives to highlight the importance of science in everyday life.
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