Mathematics and Sex
8 journalers for this copy...
-- Why is it biologically 'sensible' that the human male produces millions of sperm daily while a woman releases only one egg a month?
-- Why are there more than 2 sexes in other species? And what is likely to happen to the 2 human sexes, over the passage of biological time?
-- Is there a statistical and/or descriptive differentiation in the experience of orgasms between men and women?
-- Is there a formula for evaluating happiness? What's more likely to contribute to a more fulfilling life - seeking personal happiness or achieving group happiness?
-- How much should one compromise in a marriage?*
-- How many behavioral characteristics should we take into consideration when evaluating our compatibility with a romantic/sexual partner? Is there a formula for deducing who is the most suitable mate?
-- How many persons should you date before concluding you've found 'the one,' or at least the 'best' person who's liable to reciprocate your affections?**
I find that this perspective of looking at human (emotional & sexual) relationships is refreshing, especially in the wake of the countless self-help relationship books that advise us to work and work on improving our lackluster selves, or our lackluster relationships, in the hope of improving our 'odds,' rather than guiding us towards identifying the partner who is compatible in the here and now.
Unfortunately Cresswell is not as good a writer as she is a summarist of other people's theories. And she has an annoying style of simplifying the mathematical formulas, usually by not identifying the variables of the equations. That's a shame, because it suggests that Cresswell assumes her readers are mathematically challenged, incapable of understanding the science involved. At least she could have included a detailed presentation of the formulas in a final chapter for optional reading.
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Her answers (highlight to reveal text):
* Spouses that have a low negativity threshold (expressing negative feelings immediately, rather than keeping quiet and empathizing with their partner) remain married longer.
**If you experiment with 12 persons and then pick what Cresswell calls the 'next best' that most resembles the 'best' of the first dozen, then you have a 75% chance of selecting a suitable person for settling down with.
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I must admit I was a bit disappointed with this... not enough detail on how the maths was worked out, or any real explanation of how to understand the equations. Hopefully this book will find a happier home in its next reader
Taa okyrhoe for hosting, and Vekiki for sending this on.
Unfortunately, no happier home found here, just couldn't get into it. The maths was just there on the page with no explanation really, which would have been nice. And was written in a kinda patronizing way.
Ah well live n learn.
(Does look a little dry, but that has never stopped me from liking a book before!)
Will try to get to it soon.
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Not in the right frame of mind for this, so I am sending it along to New Mexico!!
I am in the midst of a move and may not get this mailed until the first weekend in Feb - sorry
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I have aetm's address handy already so this will go out on my next post office visit.
Thanks okyrhoe for sharing such an interesting book.
Some parts could have been more present, e.g. the complexity of orientation (I joke that the bisexuals have 100 % more potential catches than 'retrosexuals' or monosexuals..). There could be some math (research and statistics) on the potentials for which orientation would yield best results... (Why not? if among the examples was how many potential candidates to 'test drive' before settling the first one that exceeds the desired or minimum criteria, at least the orientation parts would help maximize the results)
I've always been curious about why there are only two sexes, but the math around the amount of genders didn't quite square it all. If there were let's say three genders, why would two be needed for repros? How about one (or two, or three) being autoreproductive? Or requiring all three
Next to my husband, let's see what he thinks (and then, will check with local BCers for interest or look for the perfect next readers after).
Safe journey little book - I hope you'll make many new friends on your travels!
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