"the game" by Neil Strauss, I became entranced with the prospect of being able to take social situations, reduce them to their fundamental components, and use them to exert predictable outcomes to a certain extent. Just being granted a list of what the indicators of interest are proved to be a boon to my inner game, because during conversations with women, in hindsight, I realize that I've been getting a lot of ioi's. I just don't know what to do with them. Sure, I have learned that the general direction of communication is more predicated on body language and tonality of voice than what you say, but I know that my areas of interest are more into the subjects of science and philosophy, I'm not trying to say I'm smart or intelligent, but I just have a hard time stomaching small-talk because the awkwardness I feel when forced to subject myself to conversations that in my mind, have no value. I know how much of a conversation killer it is to talk to a girl about philosophy after she comes up and introduces herself at a party, so I end up stagnating in that area, it always ends up getting the best of me. I hope to take the knowledge I can gain from this forum and put it into practice, not just to get laid more often, but to make my social life more stimulating and interesting for me. I know that there is a hell of lot for me learn and improve on, and I hope to help out others like myself when I manage to better acclamate myself to socializing.