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Mathematics and Sex by Clio Cresswell at TEDxSydney (Transcript)

Clio Cresswell at TEDxSydney

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Yes, I am the mathematician who is going to get you so laid.

And to begin, I need you to stare at this equation.

Wt+1 = a + r1Wt + Ihw (Ht)

Ht+1 = b + r2Ht + Iwh (Wt)

I mean, there’s your first orgasm right there, I know it.

But these are very sophisticated equations that model a successful marriage. And they’re groundbreaking equations because it was the first time that truly sophisticated mathematics was used in the field of romance. And they predict with 95% accuracy rate whether newlyweds will be together in six years’ time.

And you can see there is the “W” for wife and the “H” for husband. So, they modeled newlyweds talking about areas of contention like the in-laws or money. And then they modeled the responses according to how each partner was responding to the other. Body language as well.

And what came out was this interesting influence factor at the end there, which actually revealed that couples that responded the least to each other had a better chance of a successful marriage. So that means — I see some people are like, We knew that.

So, couples that compromised the least ended up being together the most. And this was very interesting because a lot of therapy has been based on empathy. And you laughed before, so maybe you don’t say when you partner comes home, “Yes darling, I know. Let me rub your feet and fix you a martini.” Because what they’ve actually found is that might not be the best way forward. Maybe the best way, or the mathematics revealed, that having high standards and finding ways to reach for those standards is in fact the way to go.

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