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January 10, 2010

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Sean

Why don't you consider this as a type of costly commitment? Perhaps Iris knew about her tendencies, and attempted to reduce her temptations precisely by making the act of cheating more costly for her future self, in the same way that declaring that you are quitting smoking makes it marginally more difficult to start smoking again.

I admit that this interpretation is less plausible for Tiger.

Left Outside

I must take issue with your claim that Cocaine is not addictive.

While coca is not as addictive as cocaine and cocaine is not as addictive as crack it remains a very addictive drug. Although Crack's addictiveness has been greatly exaggerated regular cocaine remains one of the most addictive drugs out there. Easily in the same league as Heroin, but its not nicotine.

I had an excellent book on it but I've mislaid it, must of sold it for crack...

John Terry's Mum

Yes I'm with Left Outside
CD is totally wrong about cocaine addiction.

Splintered Sunrise

No, I think the extreme nature of Mrs Robinson's outbursts on others' sexuality had to do with her own guilt. You have to consider the very dramatic conception of sin that evangelical Protestants have. And this is what lies at the back of Ulster puritanism, the division of the world into the sinned and the damned.

As for Mr Woods, is he not living the bourgeois male dream of marrying the nice girl and having a sleazy girl on the side? Or perhaps a dozen sleazy girls?

John Terry's Mum

Splintered Sunrise

Why is it a -bourgeouis- male dream?
Men of all social classes marry and cheat. . .

With the rise in female infidelity, I am not convinced that it can be described as an exclusively male dream.

Grumpy Optimist - Andrewe Richardson

The idea that human beings behave rationally at the best of times is rubbish. The addictive pattern (that Tiger and Iris displayed) can be explained by a dopamine rush from the limbic system that overrides the so called higher self. It is a powerful memory of the expectation of pleasure and the override of what is in our long term interests will get stronger the more we do it and we will be more vulnerable to this override, the less happy and balanced is the life we are leading at that time. Anyway that is an explanation from a Human Givens trained psychotherapist.

Laura

What about the people who don't get married and wish they had? They followed your principle and still failed to match what their future selves turned out to want.

Also, would you recommend against having children? I know more people who wish they hadn't had children than haven't and wish they had (admittedly a very small sample of people in both cases, but at the same time no smaller than the sample consisting of Iris Robinson and Tiger Woods). On the other hand, if we all followed that logic, then those people who think having children was the best decision of their lives would be missing out.

I'm not saying that there aren't plenty of people who would enjoy sleeping with anything that moves (with or without a scoring system to weed out certain prospective partners) while snorting cocaine and not being censorious of other lifestyles as a long-term life strategy. I'm simply saying that a decision-making chart that encourages us all to do this is not likely to maximise the happiness of all our future selves. It would also be likely to increase the price of cocaine as demand soars, change risk-taking behaviour amongst users and also increase the price of housing, assuming this strategy leads to an increase in single occupancy dwellings, all of which have the potential to lead to other unintended consequences. Are you sure you've thought this through any more thoroughly than Iris and Tiger?

Zucky cMcZuck

Monkeys don't think far into the future. We're monkeys. Therefore... well, you get the picture.

Bialik

My two principles in life are (1) Book early to avoid disappointment and (2) Don't make rules about people. My rule 2 has the same effect of Chris's rule 3.

As for rule 1, every boat I rented got sold from under me by its owner so I eventually bought my own. I don't think I could have gone on renting for life.

cyberchris

poor tiger woods he gets it now so properly from all..., besides this is that most normal on earth if somebody want to have money you have girls. and then so with many offered one agrees, nevertheless, is clearly also sometimes fleisch becomes weak! greez chris

Wine Shaker

It is a powerful memory of the expectation of pleasure and the override of what is in our long term interests will get stronger the more we do it and we will be more vulnerable to this override, the less happy and balanced is the life we are leading at that time.

Bildgeschenk

Tiger is a good boy; he will never do it again :-))

Blondinenwitze

Let's wait and see. Everyone has a right to change, if one wants to.

Blondinenwitze

Let's wait and see - he might really want to change!

chriseo

is the tiger back? ;)

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