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Logic & Scientific Philosophy

Can we use logic with love?

Putting aside the clear satire tone, the song tries to put logically one of the things that most people have such a hard time thinking objectively about; love. We all have those who are close and dear to us and it can be difficult to imagine ourselves without them. Yet the world is filled with unexpected events so before assuming that we have found our one and only love, we should look at it logically.
With over 7 billion people in the world and possibility of travel, if your boyfriend or girlfriend left you it is unlikely that you would not be able to meet someone, unless you were to lock yourself in your bedroom and cry to the end of time.

“But of the 9.999 hundred thousand other loves
Statistically, some of them would be equally nice”

If one does not feel as close to a new partner as to the last one, that may change over time as you increase memories and experiences with the new person.

“Love is nothing to do with destined perfection
The connection is strengthened, the affection simply grows over time”

 

As well as with many other things it also has to do with luck, with the number of events and decisions that led to meeting that person at a point in time in which a relationship could form.

 

“I’m not undervaluing what we’ve got when I say
That given the role chaos inevitably plays in the inherently flawed notion of “fate”
It’s obtuse to deduce that I’ve found my soulmate at the age of seventeen”

 

Yet, given that nothing or barely anything can be given to granted, there isn’t something that can give 100% insurance that we will all find someone to fall in love with, even with all the billions of people on this planet. We can however say that it is “probable” that if your high school sweetheart breaks up with you, that will not be your last relationship.

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3 thoughts on “Can we use logic with love?

  1. I read somewhere once that the greatest predictor of love is proximity. In other words, you fall in love with someone in your community, your workplace, your social circles, etc. It would follow that to alter the probabilities of falling in love, your best course would be to alter the conditions of proximity.

    Posted by Stephen Downes | October 3, 2012, 6:31 pm
    • That’s probably the most obvious predictor of love though, because one doesn’t exactly go looking for love somewhere across the country or overseas; in order to be successful, you have to stop and look around to make the most of what you already have or where you already are.

      Of course, this can also change when you have to travel, or if you move. Suddenly, any relationship you would have made would become long distance, and your proximity changes. But your proximity to other choices start to surround you, and you’re faced with a choice.

      Proximity’s the easiest predictor of love, but it is by no means the only one. It is the majority, though.

      I have thought before that proximity is the predictor of love, assuming you’re looking for it. You can’t very well have a relationship with someone not present, after all. It’s just the same as saying that every individual changes the dynamic/events of the people around them. It’s the argument of destiny vs. choice.

      Life is not something that simply happens, it’s something you influence yourself. Same is true with love.

      Posted by littlewonder2 | October 5, 2012, 10:32 am
  2. First of all, I love this song. Heard a while back, and it’s the reason I clicked in.

    As far as the title question, “can you use logic with love?” I certainly think you can in contemplating about it, like Tim Minchin does in this song. But as far as pursuing love or making decisions regarding a love situation, there is a limit. Yes, what Minchin says in the song is fairly true, that “of the 9.999 hundred thousand other loves/
    Statistically, some of them would be equally nice”, but treating a person as someone no better than anyone else defies the feeling that love creates, and essentially goes against what love is.

    In love, emotions are what come into play; love isn’t rational or logical, and there’s nothing wrong with that. You need to embrace that if you have love in your life. But at the same time, there’s a balance. Everything that Minchin says is still true, and there’s also nothing wrong with that, as long as you acknowledge the fact that that partner has risen above all the others in your life and does indeed feel ‘special’ to you now.

    Posted by littlewonder2 | October 5, 2012, 10:41 am

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