The Science of Socializing YKTTW Discussion
|The Science of Socializing|
Breaking down social issues into scientific formulasDescription Needs Help Better Name
- Penny: "You know what, screw it! It doesn't bother me. (beat) Okay it bothers me! But only because she wouldn't stop laughing, Leonard is not that funny!"
Amy: "And there you have it, pre-frontal cortex reasoning versus lymbic lust. If this were a boxing match it might be called 'The Thrilla Adjacent to the Amygdala.' (starts laughing hysterically) If you were a brain scientist you would be busting a gut right now!"
- The Big Bang Theory
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- Parodied in Chasing Amy, where Banky illustrates a point to Holden with the image of a four way crossroad with a 100 dollar bill in the middle and on each side is a male friendly lesbian, man hating dyke, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.
Banky: "No which one gets the 100 dollar bill?"
Holden: (annoyed) "I don't know, the man hating dyke."
Banky: "Good, now why?"
Holden: "I don't know."
Banky: "Cause the other three are figments of your fucking imagination!"
- Neds Declassified School Survival Guide uses this as it's primary gimmick, where Ned spends most every episode revealing tips on how to deal with various social events from school to relationships. The actual guide was seen early on, as well as Ned trying to work out new theories, but both were downplayed later on as the tips became more incidental rather than inclusive to the stories.
- The Big Bang Theory plays this for laughs a lot. The scientist characters often resort to making diagrams, formulas, flow-charts, and using thought experiments in order to help makes personal decisions.
- This includes a psych-out where the group was contemplating what seemed to be a complex equation and it turned out to be a method of deciding the best restaurants adjacent to movie theaters with appropriate snack options.
- One of the most popular and ingenious ones was a flowchart Sheldon created to help make new friends, the really funny thing is that (with the exception of a lack of an infinite loop escape Howard had to devise) it worked!
- How I Met Your Mother often uses this both with the main characters and with the Framing Device narration. Most of the time it is Barney coming up with these things, such as the Hot/Crazy scale (your attractiveness has to match or exceed the level of crazy, on a graph the center line was called the "Vicki Mendoza Diagonal") or the 9 stages of Literally Loving Thy Neighbor.
- Mythbusters has tackled some social myths over the years, one including the concept of Beer Goggles (alcohol makes you more attracted to someone than you would be normally).
- In NUMB3RS, Charlie lives his entire life in math-land, but due to his genius grade-skipping childhood, he's rather uncomfortable with social problems. So he often tries to use mathematics to guide his personal life. Of course he's a mathematician, not a social scientist, and he's analyzing things like love and friendship, so it tends not to work well.