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If you're looking for a scientist on Valentine's day...

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Ryan_m_b
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Feb14-13, 10:47 AM
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...here is all you need to know!
Valentine's Day is typically a hard time for many, namely those who object to the commercialised nature and emphasis on public displays of affection, those who are presently single but would rather not be and find the whole ethos of the day offensive, or some combination of the two. But there is a simple solution to both of these problems: date a scientist
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Feb14-13, 10:58 AM
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I take exception to the comment "Scientists . . . , but are also rarely associated with a fondness for romance and passion (or any other emotional state) so are likely to be apathetic towards Valentine's Day." Scientists are usually passionate about science and their work.

"I am the result of millions of years of evolutionary refinement. If you reject me, you're essentially a creationist"

"You may want to find your ideal romantic partner, but this is statistically unlikely to happen, so you should embrace regression to the mean. And I can be mean".

"Laws of entropy mean that you're undergoing irreversible decay, so you should go out with me while you are still alive and have your looks".


I was going to mention high heels, a slide rule, calculator, and lab coat, but that probably belongs in the thread on evolution and high heels.
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Feb14-13, 11:00 AM
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It's Valentine's day? Oh good!

Kiss me. I'm a physicist!

Zz.

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If you're looking for a scientist on Valentine's day...

"You may want to find your ideal romantic partner, but this is statistically unlikely to happen, so you should embrace regression to the mean. And I can be mean".

While this is true, a better strategy is to decide how long you want to look for a romantic partner, dismiss all partners you meet during the first 36.79% of that time, and then keep first partner that is better than the best partner you met during the first 36.79% of your search. This will give you a 36.79% chance of winding up with your ideal romantic partner and is the best probability you can achieve.

Which also means you have at least a 63.21% chance of winding up with something less than your ideal romantic partner - which means a divorce rate of around 50% really isn't that bad.

And if you're wondering where the 36.79% came from, .3679 equals 1/e. And since this strategy involves e, you know it has to be the best!
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Feb14-13, 05:29 PM
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Quote Quote by ZapperZ View Post
It's Valentine's day? Oh good!

Kiss me. I'm a physicist!

Zz.
With pleasure. :)

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With pleasure. :)

Mutually inclusive!


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