Don't stress over polygamy

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:rofl: I just read this in a dutch newspaper and thought it's hilarious.. is this guy serious?

*edit* apparently a journalist had put the absurd claim into the mouth of the professor, he thereby stands corrected. Explained here */edit*

I translated the article, which can be found here http://www.telegraaf.nl/binnenland/18833701/_Niet_te_moeilijk_doen_over_polygamie_.html, using worldlingo so I'm sorry if some sentences look weird :tongue:
Don't Stress About Polygamy

TILBURG - Polygamy can save the government much money if it concerns subsidised nursery. Love is something from the past which offers absolutely no guarantee on happiness. That puts the Tilburgse professor psychology and health A. Vingerhoets Thursday in Univers, the magazine of the University of Tilburg.

He states that we should not be difficult concerning having several women. This can solve the dilemma child or career. The modern woman runs between partner, children, work and household. She can share these tasks this way with several women. That saves also still much subsidised nursery to the government, thus Vingerhoets in the magazine of the university.

The scientist finds also that love is something of the past. For protection it was for women in former days significant to have a partner. In 2005, that is different. Love is now just like a persons appendix; an useless vestige from the past, the professor says. For your well-being and health you could as well own a house animal.

Moreover the love in the distant future disappears possibly entirely, thus Vingerhoets. But the desire will always remain according to evolution theory, however, since we must reproduce ourselves.
 
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How long til he is fired or steps down? Place your bets people!
 
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matthyaouw said:
How long til he is fired or steps down? Place your bets people!
He is at a Dutch institute, not an American one. The Dutch are extremely tolerant in my experiences. Plus he probably has tenure- this is what tenure should be used for- not having to worry about whether or not your findings will cause you to lose your job (as long as they are based on some sort of experiment or proof/reasoning of some sort)
 
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Forget the fringe benefits, I just can't get past the thought of more than one wife nagging me. :yuck:
 
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Artman said:
Forget the fringe benefits, I just can't get past the thought of more than one wife nagging me. :yuck:
amen.. one's more than enough :bugeye:
 
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matthyaouw said:
How long til he is fired or steps down? Place your bets people!

He's at a dutch intstitute.

And as they say, the only things illegal in amerstdam are murder and highway robbery, anything else is fair game.

(Not really, but it sure seems like that. I have yet to find a manifestation of hedonism that is illegal there, not that i've been looking very hard. :uhh: )
 
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Personaly, i don't think that makes any sense even scientifically. You really think that a guy with as many wives as he wants is still going to have the same number of kids as with one? no, he'll have like 4 with each wife! Thats more kids for them all to worry about. If you want to save on daycare, legalize polygandry, (one woman mult husbands) Then she can still only have so many kids, but she gets lots of men to help her raise them. That just makes sense! (and sounds much more preferable anyways... :biggrin: )
 
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Personaly, i don't think that makes any sense even scientifically. You really think that a guy with as many wives as he wants is still going to have the same number of kids as with one? no, he'll have like 4 with each wife! Thats more kids for them all to worry about. If you want to save on daycare, legalize polygandry, (one woman mult husbands) Then she can still only have so many kids, but she gets lots of men to help her raise them. That just makes sense! (and sounds much more preferable anyways... :biggrin: )

Yeah, great idea, have a bunch of guys all competing to see who's gonna get laid tonight.

REAL bright idea :rolleyes:

Homicide rate goes through the roof. COnnection? I think not....
 
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Gale17 said:
Personaly, i don't think that makes any sense even scientifically. You really think that a guy with as many wives as he wants is still going to have the same number of kids as with one? no, he'll have like 4 with each wife! Thats more kids for them all to worry about. If you want to save on daycare, legalize polygandry, (one woman mult husbands) Then she can still only have so many kids, but she gets lots of men to help her raise them. That just makes sense! (and sounds much more preferable anyways... :biggrin: )
Multiple husbands make much more sense!!! :tongue2:
 
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Yeah, great idea, have a bunch of guys all competing to see who's gonna get laid tonight.

REAL bright idea :rolleyes:

Homicide rate goes through the roof. COnnection? I think not....
It'll help decrease the population. Besides... Survival of the Sexiest!
 
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franznietzsche said:
Yeah, great idea, have a bunch of guys all competing to see who's gonna get laid tonight.
Only for the first few years. After that you have drinking buddies. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
 
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Gale17 said:
Personaly, i don't think that makes any sense even scientifically. You really think that a guy with as many wives as he wants is still going to have the same number of kids as with one? no, he'll have like 4 with each wife! Thats more kids for them all to worry about.
Also, no matter how many wives he has, he still won't stop and ask for directions when they're lost. :biggrin:
 
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Ivan Seeking said:
Only for the first few years. After that you have drinking buddies. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
Ivan's got the idea! One husband is plenty for me...more men, more laundry, more times the toilet seat is left up!
:rofl:
 
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Won't the "one woman & several men" scenario run into problems when all the men want children? ...
 
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Hurkyl said:
Won't the "one woman & several men" scenario run into problems when all the men want children? ...
:eek: Yeah, that doesn't sound like a very good plan to me. I prefer it as initially presented...it would give those of us who are sure all the good men are already married or taken another chance at them! :biggrin: :devil:
 
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Gale17 said:
It'll help decrease the population. Besides... Survival of the Sexiest!

Well, then, i must be immortal :biggrin:

[/shameless self-complimenting]
 
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franznietzsche said:
Well, then, i must be immortal :biggrin:

[/shameless self-complimenting]

I think you need to post a pic to back that up... especially if its true...
 
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Gale and franz, sittin' in a tree.... :biggrin:
 
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Hurkyl said:
Won't the "one woman & several men" scenario run into problems when all the men want children? ...
It would be like the good old days when we kept our women barefoot and pregnant for twenty years or so.

I think it would turn many women into black widow serial killers.
 
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Gale17 said:
I think you need to post a pic to back that up... especially if its true...

I've resisted posting a pic here for a long time. Maybe...

Ivan Seeking said:
It would be like the good old days when we kept our women barefoot and pregnant for twenty years or so.
Ah, one has to miss the good ole days, eh?

Now, where's my sandwhich? :biggrin:
 
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Your sandWHICH???? :rofl:
 
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I think he's asking for a "sammich" or in my vernacular, a "sammy". Either way, good luck with that, Ivan. heh. :biggrin:

hmmm.. Gale and Franz.... little GaleNietzches...little Franz17s... ok, that could work! :approve:
 
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matthyaouw said:
How long til he is fired or steps down? Place your bets people!
yeah, well, I don't know why he should be fired or should step down :uhh:
 
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Monique said:
People these days don't really care about staying together anymore like they used to.
Some people that is.

Marriage for me is a lifetime commitment, and I do very much care about staying with the woman I married. That's one of the reasons I got married.

As for Polygamy, and with equal consideration Polyandry, it would seem to be rather impractical, because most likely a hierarchy would develop and that would force some husbands and wives into a subordinate role. Certainly there are examples, e.g. Mormon practice of polygamy, but as far as I can tell, they don't seem all that successful.

Then there would be the issue of property, or community property. How to divide assets, especially in the event of death (inheritance). Divorce could be complicated too.

And then there is the issue of having children, and particularly the relationships of the primary couple during gestation.

Maybe some people can deal with it - but I imagine the vast majority cannot.
 

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