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Then again, I’ve spent two decades probing the quirkier aspects of human nature (looking at you, Anthony Weiner! What could be more central to our ticking than who makes our stomachs flutter, who we fall for — and who repels us such that we instantly want to hurl a glass of cabernet in their face? Nicole: I’d love to go on a date where we do something fun near the water ... Watching humanity and dissecting its foibles are two of my most cherished hobbies, so Date Lab appeals to some of my fundamental interests.

Such mysteries have long vexed poets, philosophers and armies of tech nerds generating complex algorithms for dating sites. People’s attempts at finding love, their struggles to be themselves, the ensuing awkwardness when those functions overlap — all of this fascinates me, especially as it manifests in the world of heterosexuals.

To start, we have a Date Lab bonanza of four dates.

Beginning next week, we’ll return to one column per week, with each of our writers contributing about once a month.

As always, you can go to washingtonpost.com/datelab to apply. “I need a second one to really kind of figure it out sometimes.” At evening’s end, they swapped numbers.

There, you’ll also find a link to Date Lab’s new platonic sidekick: Friend Lab, which will appear occasionally alongside Date Lab in the coming months. Separately, both guys told me they thought an outdoor excursion could be a nice follow-up.

When faced with her blond hair, he told her he preferred brown locks.

Poor Mc Kenzie told Date Lab that she was scared Neff would “trash” her in his postdate interview.

YOUR TYPESam: Someone who can help push me out of my comfort zone; a guy who knows what he wants career-wise is a huge plus; the ability to carry a conversation. All of the elements were there — or so it would seem.

Joe: Guys who have their lives together but are also curious and playful. DREAM DATE Alex: A nerdy but cute girl who is confident enough to be on her own.

Michelle Cottle is a contributing editor for the Atlantic in Washington. YOUR TYPESam: Someone who can help push me out of my comfort zone; a guy who knows what he wants career-wise is a huge plus; the ability to carry a conversation. “Maybe a little hike,” Joe said, “where the focus is on an activity rather than normal first-date talk.” Sounds perfect. “Overall, it really was a good date [except for] the fact that there were just so many similarities.” UPDATE Joe said they haven’t gotten together since.

As a political-profile writer, she is one of the finest observers of the people who drive American politics and this city, and we thought her talent for D. Joe: Guys who have their lives together but are also curious and playful. Let’s just hope they don’t show up wearing identical hoodies and hiking boots. Sam “is on vacation for a while, and I’m not sure what will happen after that.” Michelle Cottle is a contributing editor for the Atlantic in Washington. Rich Juzwiak is a senior writer at in New York, where he has tackled Russia’s anti-gay laws, a network TV remake of “Dirty Dancing” and what hook-up culture is doing to us.

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