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Kit

Putting Valentines day on the same day as the rugby is irrational, daft and probably dangerous.

john

It also a way to check single commitment: it is not easy to attend to two Valentine's dinners.

Crazy Stu

A silly Vally Card and a box of Chocs that's quite cheap but which you know she likes in the morning.

Then cook something that she's never had before (and not something that she'll never want to have again) for dinner in the evening.

Follow that with some good old home-made BaconSalt Chocolate and you're home and dry.

You're thoughtful and take note of her likes, but not a wastrel, you can cook, and you have a sense of the bizarre proved by the BaconSalt Chocolate!

dearieme

"this cultural norm": what, when did that happen?

D iversity

"New experiments with robotic female birds suggest that the best male lovers listen to females and adjust their courtship similarly."

That is from the New Scientist's Short Sharp Science blog. "Best" means most successful.

Jacob Wintersmith

(1) is served equally well by just giving her money.

(3) does not increase signal-to-noise ratios. Quite the opposite: observing someone selectively reject cultural norms provides a great deal of information. However, some women may value conformance to cultural norms for its own sake.

Regarding (4), I read "narrow" rationality as being a view which makes overly strong assumptions about the ends a person is seeking. Is that what you meant?

D iversity

"New experiments with robotic female birds suggest that the best male lovers listen to females and adjust their courtship similarly."

That is from the New Scientist's Short Sharp Science blog. "best" means most successful.

john malpas

Don't forget that way back St valentines day was an anonymous deal where the shy swain sent a card or somesuch.
From what you say it sounds like it has become yet another "what have you given me lately" from thwe view of females. that is till they are 60+.

KB Player

"Don't forget that way back St valentines day was an anonymous deal where the shy swain sent a card or somesuch."

I put that to a couple of young blokes at work, and they said "Stalker!" in unison.

One of them, who's a lad, said that Vally's Day is the easiest night to pull - if you find maleless females out that night you know they must be single and are looking for action.

Paul Walker

I have to agree with Kit over the rugby. Bad idea putting anything else on at the start of the Super 14. And I have to also agree with Jacob about points 1, 3 and 4. But that post has cause me some trouble!!! :-)

KB Player

A lawyer acquaintance says, "Flowers are a necessary but not sufficient condition of Valentine's Day."

He is very happily married.

Yaffle

I'm now trying (and failing) to rationalise to myself why I spent £120 taking the missus out to dinner last night...

dirigible

"Could it be that Paul’s mistake is a common one among economists, of construing rationality too narrowly, and being too quick to see irrationality?"

Contemporary economics is basically the explication of this mistake.

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