GARBAGE IN….What happens when you let a professor of computer science write a magazine article about romantic love? If the computer science professor is David Gelernter and the magazine is the Weekly Standard, you get a sentence like this one, explaining why it’s wrong to take the dangers of premarital sex lightly:
But this innocent, ignorant view defies a fundamental law of human nature: Keeping steady company with a person you adore plus not sleeping with her (or him) yields “being in love,” which is a new state of mind that is more than the sum of its parts.
Decisions, decisions. Is this my new favorite example of cosmically awkward Gelernter writing? Or is this one from a couple of years ago still #1?
Via Britt Peterson, who has more to say about all this.