February 14, 2013

Romance is highly illogical

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/knowledge

Photo of Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner dressed as Spock and Kirk from the tv show Star Trek

“That's what we call love. You'll like that a lot.” Captain James T Kirk flirts with the subject of romance (although not with Spock)

I fell for my current crush when I saw a photo of her dressed in a Star Trek uniform. It wasn’t hers, she’d borrowed it from a mutual friend but it didn’t matter – in that moment she won my heart. No matter how illogical it was, I had fallen for her and resistance was clearly futile. I’m not sure she feels the same way and, in fairness, I’ll probably want to lay off the Star Trek references if I tell her how I feel (she prefers walking, painting and climbing trees) but at least the possibility of being with someone who shares similar interests and inspires me to be a better, tree-climbing, person is making this Valentine’s Day a relatively pleasurable one.

If you have found your ‘number one’, or at least haven’t resigned love to the Neutral Zone, why not take a dip into the Knowledge Centre archives (you’ll be pleased to know there are no more Star Trek references after this point) where you’ll find an abundance of amity, a large amount of love and a cornucopia of coitus. Here are our top five, Engage! (Sorry).

Love sex and the ancient world

Image of ancient greek art
Sexuality, as well as sex and gender, are now firmly part of academic discourses in the humanities, but few topics are as disconcerting or as difficult to regard with detachment. To mark Valentine’s Day four scholars from the Department of Classics and Ancient History discuss love, longing and lament in Roman elegiac poetry, and Ancient Greek attitudes to lust and sexuality. [Read more]

More sex is safer sex

Photo of Professor Steven E Landsburg at the University of Warwick Economics Summit
Would the world be a better place if sexually cautious people went out and got more partners? Apply economic logic to the question and you may get a result that deviates far from common sense says Professor Steven E. Landsburg at the Warwick Economic Summit 2012. It’s all down to the costs and benefits. [Read more]

Why I don’t have a girlfriend

Photo of a blackboard with a love equation drawn on it
Finding a romantic partner is seen as an important part of anyone's life, but how do you find that special someone? Warwick PhD Student, Peter Backus, tried a novel new approach, attempting to find out just how many suitable girlfriends there were for him in the UK. He used Dr Frank Drake's 1961 equation for estimating the number of communicative civilisations in the Milky Way but altered the variables to suit his criteria. [Read more]

The Jane Eyre for our times

Photo from the 2011 film version of Jane Eyre showing the lead character
There have been over 30 film and television adaptations of Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre. The latest stars Mia Wasikowska as Jane and Michael Fassbender as Mr Rochester. The film’s screenwriter, Moira Buffini, and producer, Alison Owen, reveal how they adapted the novel from page to screen. [Read more]

The economics of sex, alcohol and happiness

Image of a PC keyboard with one key replaced with a heartMoney may well make the world go round but economists are increasingly interested in the economics of wellbeing – and sex, happiness and, for some, alcohol, are high up on that list. In his entertaining talk for the Warwick Economics Summit Tim Harford (BBC, The Financial Times) shows how economic theory can demonstrably be applied to our everyday choices in life and love. [Read more]

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