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Mathematical types are irritating dweebs.

Michael! How dare you! Mathematically gifted men are incredibly hot. At least the one I’m married to is hot, lol. (I do admit to a bit of a bias.)

I love numbers. When I analyze stuff in the lab, it is just strings of numbers coming out of machines at first. But then you plot them and look for any interesting correlations; the most awesome part is that you never know what you may discover. If you make friends with numbers they can tell amazing stories about what the world was like before we ever got here.

i dont think that there are THAT many hot, mathematically gifted men/women- sandy, you found a goldmine with your man :-P

it's like i heard alot of women say how they love dating dorky, geeky guys because they're so smart- but really? really? they only want to date HOT guys who also happen to be gifted, and very slightly (VERY) dorky...

a case in point, if the tv show 'Chuck' is played by a real nerd- or the star wars kid (video of a kid pretending to wield a seen it right?)- i doubt that i would hear women saying 'chuck' is so hot.....and of course, the tv show would have tanked too.....pfff....pleeeeease..

on the topic about numbers being evil..
i love the satirical look at the numbers, but i would just like to add that it's not the numbers themselves that are evil- but more like, our tendency to compare and compete with each other.....a number is just a tool that we use to aid the comparison...even without money or numbers, we would still say- my dorky, math-gifted husband is hotter and smarter than your husband......etc. etc...

but then without that tendency to measure yourself against others, we wouldn't have striven as hard as we would..

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I take your point, MP, but in truth numbers in themselves have no inherent moral attributes. Where we get into trouble with numbers is when we arbitrarily choose to attach inappropriate significance to them.

And I think we all tend to do that to varying degrees. Whether it's a business environment that is driven to achieve budgetary goals (while forgetting that those goals were established based on estimates of countless unknown factors), or the common focus on our individual earnings as opposed to Mr. Jones, or the wild mood swings we experience that appear to be directly related to the equally wild gyrations of our investment choices . . . we all do it.

The math dweebs are particularly vulnerable. Some of them, like Max Tegmark and the string theorists, become so enamored with numbers that they manage to convince themselves that they can actually explain all of existence by numbers. (Pythagoras apparently thought so too, but he saw numbers quite differently from the aforementioned math dweebs.)

As TomC mentions, numbers are valuable tools. The danger has to do with our tendency to forget that that's all they are.

Money is number too. So is the job. Counting off how many ticks of the clock you've worked and how many cents each tick is worth.

I think you may have a real point in there somewhere. Numbers play their part in regimenting and mechanizing the human race, while the more human qualities, like compassion, don't care about numbers or counting.

Off-topic but important (at least interesting):

Maths is a language without emotional content. But we humans can easily get round that.

666 -number of the Beast; not good it's true. But:
13 -lucky for some.
3 -usually good (third time lucky)
110% - impossibly high.
Lottery winning numbers -yippee!!

Sandy, what does your logical hubbie think about the salamanders?

i dont think that there are THAT many hot, mathematically gifted men/women- sandy, you found a goldmine with your man :-P

TomC, I think there are just as many hot, mathematically gifted people as there are hot people who struggle with math.

I lived in the states for a couple of years, and I was amazed at some of the attitudes towards “geeks”. At a “Girl’s Night Out” party that I was invited to, the women had this idea that in order to attract a man one had to appear to be thin, blonde and stupid. Then you had to pop out a few kids before he left you for someone thinner, blonder, stupider and younger. That way he would have to at least send you support payments for the kids. Most of the women at the party were married to scientists and engineers, because such guys have reliable paychecks, I suppose. Getting married seemed to have very little to do with falling in love (or even about sex). It was more about survival.

I actually had a woman there suggest that I was lucky to have gotten a man to marry me as I am. After all, I’m a smart, rubenesque redhead. And I’m not very good at the make-up and fashion stuff. I have more pairs of hiking boots than heels. And what’s really bad is that I like math and science (as opposed to shopping). I can even support myself financially. Heaven forbid that anyone might find me attractive!

Sandy, what does your logical hubbie think about the salamanders?

Barbara, my poor logical hubbie has his issues with the weird stuff. I don’t really bring up such topics very often. I didn’t tell him about the salamanders, but he did comment on the fact that I seemed especially happy when I got home from my walk that day. He knows I’m odd, he is working on accepting that part of me. I guess every marriage has issues, and this certainly isn’t the worst thing to have to adjust to.

U sir are my Hero!

If you ever happen to run for or reincarnate into Mr.President,please do something about it >.<

Even the law study im doing right now is pissing me off with numbers.

Numberhaters unite!

Thanks for that link, ZC. Randi changes the previously agreed upon rules and then blames the other guy for pulling out?

"BOOOCK-bock-bock," said the chicken.

Maybe it should be named "Anticalculia"???

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