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Hear, all ye brethren and sistren of XT! :D

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Pretty Women Make Men Stupid!

Women have known this since the beginning of time. Now psychologists at McMaster University in Canada have figured it out, too. A beautiful woman can make a guy stupid.

According to New Scientist, pretty women scramble men's ability to assess the future. Scientifically, it's known as "discounting the future." Seen frequently in animals, it means preferring an immediate, lesser reward to a greater reward in the future.

Here's an example: If someone offered to give you $10,000 now or the same amount five years from now, you would choose to take the money today because there is no value in waiting. But if someone were to offer you $10,000 today or $50,000 in five years, you would probably opt to wait for the higher amount. This is called "rational discounting." If you were to take the $10,000 today, it's called "irrational discounting."

The study: McMaster University researchers Margo Wilson and Martin Daly wanted to find out if sexual mood influenced discounting behavior. They showed 209 male and female students pictures of attractive and not-so-attractive people of the opposite sex. Each was then offered a chance to win a prize. They could accept a check for between $15 and $35 tomorrow or one for $50 to $75 at some point in the future.

The results for the men: After a man viewed pictures of women who were of average attractiveness, they made a rational decision about the prize money and accepted the larger amount to be received in the future. But when they had just seen pictures of beautiful women, they discounted the future value of the reward in an irrational way and opted instead for the immediate and smaller cash outlay. In other words, after seeing a very attractive woman, the men were more likely to make dumb choices.

The results for the women: Viewing the photographs of men--whether they were sexy hunks or just run-of-the-mill guys--had no effect on women's ability to make rational decisions.

Why the difference? Wilson and Daly don't know, but they suspect that viewing pictures of pretty women is mildly arousing for men. If that's the case, it would activate neural mechanisms associated with cues of sexual opportunity. Tommaso Pizzari, an evolutionary biologist at Leeds University, offered another possible explanation to New Scientist: "If there's the prospect of getting a very attractive partner it may pay a man to take more risks than if an average partner was available."

The research findings were published in the journal Biology Letters.

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Men, you can now defend yourselves... ;)
 

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I took an exam with your photo infront of me and I scored. Obviously the 'pretty babes makes man stupid' theory is wrong.... or it is just your picture? :D :tongue: :D

Think it ties in with John Nash 'Game Theory'. I better draw a graph...
 

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Tut! Fie!

How can my photo possibly engender stupidity?!!?? That may be the case with lesser women, but most certainly NOT me!

I can only inspire wit and wisdom in people, nothing less.

I hope you realise that the photo is also for veneration. Keep on a pedestal and bow to it regularly.
 

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Definately, I even burn it and swollow the ashes. Gave me a tummyache thougt. Def an unwise choice :D
 

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That's cos you had the nerve to burn my photo.

Quick, come with me to this bonfire. Cast thyself in and get thee to the Halls of Mandos henceforth!
 

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Garrincha said:
Isn't it possible that the guys who were tested were naturally stupid, even without visual aids? :)
Hmmm. Remove the words "the" and "who were tested" from your question and I think you've basically nailed it.

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Hear, all ye brethren and sistren of XT! :D

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Pretty Women Make Men Stupid!
Actually, you do not need pretty women for that, not even women. Pretty women just increase the thinking percentage made by our most precious beloning.
 

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This type of science is akin to giving someone a Nobel for falling in the sea and 'discovering' that water is wet. Its pretty obvious from simple obsevation. ;)

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I do believe slightly similar conclusions can be made about women in the presense of good looking men. ALthough they may not act like complete idiots, I've seen enough chicks falling over themselves to "help" some good looking dude to know that women are just as easily swayed by looks. They just like to pretend they are "better" than that. ;)
 

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so, this mean that saying "Behind every great man there is a great woman" must be changedt to "behind very dumb men there is a very beatiful woman" ?
 

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I do believe slightly similar conclusions can be made about women in the presense of good looking men. ALthough they may not act like complete idiots, I've seen enough chicks falling over themselves to "help" some good looking dude to know that women are just as easily swayed by looks. They just like to pretend they are "better" than that. ;)
Listen to this fellow, he knows what he's talking about. :D

and then, kindly bask in a profound state of stupidity after taking a good glance at the lady to my right.
 

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It's not stupidity, it's just that guyz are more frank and strait forward about their feelings and so it shows easily on us when we are confused. Women are so complicated that when they're confused...it never shows, instead they look angry, disturbed, offended, worried, gloomy, preoccupied....in other words they act like true psychos:D
 

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Women are so complicated that when they're confused...it never shows, instead they look angry, disturbed, offended, worried, gloomy, preoccupied....in other words they act like true psychos:D
Agreed. We can't tell when women get confused because they are naturally quite confused to begin with. :D In reality, the difference between a woman in normal state and a confused woman is too subtle for the naked eye – so when women meet good-looking guys, they fall into a confusion just as deep as ours (and THAT's saying something) but we can't tell, not without using nuclear-powered microscopes. ;)

And that was today's scientific trivia moment with dr. G. Don't forget to tip the doorman on your way out. :cool:
 

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Agreed. We can't tell when women get confused because they are naturally quite confused to begin with. :D In reality, the difference between a woman in normal state and a confused woman is too subtle for the naked eye – so when women meet good-looking guys, they fall into a confusion just as deep as ours (and THAT's saying something) but we can't tell, not without using nuclear-powered microscopes. ;)

And that was today's scientific trivia moment with dr. G. Don't forget to tip the doorman on your way out. :cool:

A good rule of thumb is if your lady happens to look angry, confused, upset, gloomy or simply in need of a pat on the head go ahead and take the blame and offer some form of apology. Cuz regardless of who or what put them in that state of mind, you're gonna get teh shit anyway. At least if you go ahead and take the fall you wind up looking all sensitive and might get laid later as a reward. I think Sun Tzu said that in his "art of War" papers. Either that or it was Bob Guiccione in Penthouse Forum.
 

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so, this mean that saying "Behind every great man there is a great woman" must be changedt to "behind very dumb men there is a very beatiful woman" ?


Either that or it is more akin to the great boxing champion losing his game and his crown when he falls for some hot piece of *ss and makes the mistake of marrying her. Yeah, easy to lose focus on the task at hand when sweet pretty poon is around.


But hell, did they really have to conduct of f*cking experiment to figure that out? F*cking amateurs. ;)
 
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