Opposites Don’t Attract, Liking What’s Nearby, Last Name History

Learn about why opposites don’t really attract; the “propinquity effect”; and when and why we started using last names.

February 11, 2022

Opposites Don’t Attract by Kelsey Donk

We Like What’s Physically Close to Us by Mae Rice

The History of Last Names by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Gregory)

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