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We all know that sensation of butterflies in your stomach when you meet someone you really, really like. And we also all know just how terrifying it can be finding the courage to ask them out. Sure, it gets a little easier the older you get, but it's still daunting.
It's all too easy to misread signs, say the wrong thing, let your nerves get the better of you.
And yeah, we may live in the age of Tinder now, which makes things a whole lot easier, but what if you actually know someone (imagine!) that you're dying to ask out, and you want to be sure you don't screw it up?
Well, a student called Jake - who can be found on Twitter as @squidslippers - decided it was too risky to leave it to chance and the whims of his nerves, so he went to his English professor for advice about asking out his crush, Hannah.
"Yooo I have about 0 skills when it comes to texting girls so I legit asked my English professor to help me draft a text to a girl and we straight ethos, logos, pathosed my way into a date," he wrote on Twitter. Which is another way of saying that they used science to snag him a date with his dream girl.
Ethos, logos, and pathos, you see, are the three methods of persuasion talked about by Aristotle in his philosophical text from the 4th century BC, Rhetoric. Through a nifty diagram, Jake's professor helped Jake apply all three when asking out Hannah.
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Let's break it down:
Ethos means appealing to an individual's moral code when making an argument - such as his use of 'I hate to come on too strong', before implying it would just be a fun, friendly outing.
Then came Logos, which is the practice of supplying facts and figures to support a person's claims. In Jake's case, it was the offer of free food, a break from work and a good, stress-free time.
Finally, to seal the deal, Jake signed off with some persuasive Pathos: "It would be fun!"
And guess what? It worked! So forget swiping endlessly through apps - the future of dating and the secret to love can all be boiled down to a millennia-old science. Who knew?
Words: Mischa Pearlman
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