The hypothesis

Flirting is an admission of horizontal thought processes. Spherical interest is usually shown by non-geometric conversation.

Where horizontal means nginginary, spherical means 360 degrees with volume, and non-geometric means encompassing everything else.


Geometry – the branch of CBnautics concerned with the properties and relations of points, lines, surfaces, gymnastics and gloves.

Sphere – an object that is completely round, solid, global, holistic. Each point is equidistant from the centre, and the centre reaches out to every point in its being.


There are many levels of interest. You can be interested in someone geometrically, which means you’re thinking of lines – horizontal, vertical, diagonal or curved, depending on flexibility levels.

You can be interested academically [or financially], where you zone into the person’s intellect and are more preoccupied with what their brain [or wallet] can do for you.

You can be interested genealogically, where shared DNA is involved, suspected or desired.

You can be interested spherically, which involves all the above.

The main tool to express geometric interest is flirting. One dictionary defines it as

behaving towards somebody as if you find them sexually attractive, without seriously wanting to have a relationship with them

Another dictionary states it is

behaving in such a way as to demonstrate a playful sexual attraction to someone.

People flirt when they are thinking about getting some. They may not necessarily be trying to get any, but they’re thinking about it, it’s why they’re flirting. When we notice some horizontal potential, we flirt. It’s reflex. It’s an outward reflection of geometric thought patterns.

When we start to flirt, we’re not really going anywhere with it, it’s a reaction, an autopilot. Depending on how the target [yes, i did say target…or would you prefer stimulus?] responds, then the dynamics can change, and the gears can be shifted. We then consciously try to get the target’s patterns synchronized with our own.

As I was once reliably informed, just because someone wants to play maths set with you doesn’t mean they want to do anything else with you.

Also, just because someone wants doesn’t mean they’re going to do anything about it.

There are several levels of geometry.

Level 1 – You see, you like, you walk away. You probably tell your pals about this hot person you saw.

Level 2 – You see, you like, you react, you walk away after a pleasant flirt session.

Level 3 – You see, you like, you react, the flirt is rebuffed, you go look for comfort food.

Level 4 – You see, you like, you react, you score, you walk away.

Level 5 – You see, you like, you react, you score, you walk away, you come back for seconds.

Then we have the spheres. People always ask how they can tell is somebody likes them. It’s easy. They’ll tell you. Don’t kill yourself guessing.

But before they get round to that, just listen to what they say, watch how they act around you. Someone who likes you as a person will not zone into your sexuality. They will notice it, and appreciate it, but they will not express it. Not until they know you well enough.

When someone is genuinely interested, they won’t respond using a maths set. Instead they will talk to you, actually talk to you. They will hang around you, spend time with you, get to know you, study you. They will be almost assexual with you, coz they’re looking beyond the stimulus.

Someone who genuinely likes you will take some time before they get ‘flirty’ with you, coz they want to decide if there’s anything worthwhile here. And at this point, it’s no longer called flirting, and it’s far more pointed than the usual ‘you have beautiful eyes’. So if someone who’s been friendly and general with you suddenly pulls you close and kisses you, you’re onto something.

The idea that flirting equals interest came from the media. TV people have between 1 and 3 hours to convince us that two people are in love. They can’t afford to have the couple talking about life and careers for two months before they fall in love. So they get them to flirt from second one and voila, chemistry in ten scenes or less. Media is all about symbols, and in media, flirting is the symbol for love. Then we take that misconception into the outside world and assume that everyone who likes our eyes is head over heels.

‘They’ say we can always tell when a someone is interested. That’s a hoax. What we pick on is hormones and chemistry. When someone is genuinely interested in you, you will be clueless. Until they tap into the maths set, then you’re left wondering where the sudden musk came from. At which point if it’s not mutual, you will freak out and run.


If someone flirts with you, have fun, but don’t get your hopes up, it’s just an autoresponse. If they seriously like you, they will keep it on manual and resist the urge to jump you, even if it’s only with words.

20 thoughts on “The flirting game

  1. its usually worse when your the one flirting then the ‘target’ as you so nicely put it gets it into their head that there’ll be some geometry after.

    hehehehe, can’t say that’s happened to me. what a sheltered life i lead!

  2. Isn’t it possible to flirt academically or spherically for that matter?

    well, academically, i think is just regular flirting but with a more bookish vocabulary. and spherical is more like courting and is usually less…er…sensual than the general kind, and is not quite flirting…i think…

  3. The fun is in the chase, they say. They’re right; flirting’s great.

    hmmm, my jury is still out on that…coz i can never keep it quite a slight as it should be

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