Three men and three women are sequestered in separate wings of the house, unable to have any conversation or contact with the opposite sex unless in the dark room.
Initially, all six contestants have a group date in which they all sit at a table in the dark room exchanging names and getting to know one another's voices and personality types.
The bureau’s pitch included fascinating details of places in the solar system, such as the vast canyons of Mars and the deep ocean of Europa, one of Jupiter’s largest moons.
It’s the show that reveals whether it’s possible to fall in love with someone you’ve spoken to at length, you’ve touched, perhaps even tasted… And although they’re not able to see a thing, viewers will, thanks to infrared cameras, be able to see everything that’s taking place!
On the last day, each of the participants will choose a partner based on their previous mutual encounters in the dark.
Interestingly, however, the aversion changes for women when they ovulate — androstenone evokes a neutral reaction rather than an overtly negative one.
Although Guerilla Science stopped short of encouraging volunteers to kiss, Agnew did cite a 2013 study in the journal that suggests kissing may be a ‘mating audition.’ Agnew likens a kiss to a taste test of sorts, enabling would-be partners to see if their immune systems are compatible: Studies have suggested that major histocompatibility complex genes influence body odor and mate selection. “It’s a bit awkward at first, being blindfolded, but it’s also hysterical,” said Emma Flanagan, a teacher from Ireland.
We hope Guerilla Science is a gateway drug, and when they leave they want to learn more about the world around them.” Providing a positive experience with science, especially in places where science events don’t receive top billing, is certainly a worthy first step.
Never before have singles been given the opportunity to meet and interact in person, sight unseen, with a potential romantic partner!Perhaps the most popular event was “Sensory Speed Dating,” which enabled potential couples to learn a bit about the science behind attraction. Or fed each other mystery food from plates in front of them. Between rounds, Zarinah Agnew, a longtime collaborator with Guerilla Science and a postdoctoral research associate at the University of California, San Francisco, laid out the science behind each of the senses as they relate to attraction.Daters sat blindfolded opposite fellow participants. Typical first-date questions — where did you grow up, or what do you do for work — were absent. After participants finished smelling each other, Agnew explained the difference between two odor compounds the body makes.“There is a moment that occurs at a successful event, a ‘eureka’ moment when [participants] put two and two together and realize something new about the world,” she says.“We want to challenge their expectations of science and scientists and provide a stepping-stone to something more.Androstenol, a pheromone found in male sweat, is perceived as attractive by heterosexual females and gay males within the first 15 minutes of perspiration.