Polyamory is Rational(ist)

post by Jacobian · 2019-10-18T16:48:52.990Z · score: 26 (8 votes) · LW · GW · 2 comments

This is a link post for https://putanumonit.com/2019/10/16/polyamory-is-rational/

Using survey data to explore the connection between polyamory, Rationality, intuition, evolutionary psychology, weirdness, religion, utopianism, consequentialism, and San Francisco Bay.

I'm linking instead of cross-posting because there's a huge number of charts and a good discussion already going on Putanumonit, but here's a glimpse to whet your appetite:


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comment by cousin_it · 2019-10-18T19:48:40.016Z · score: 3 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Would it be fair to summarize that being more rationalist doesn't much increase your chance of choosing poly on your own, but strongly increases your chance of being convinced to become poly by other rationalists?

comment by Viliam · 2019-10-18T20:29:18.522Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

People usually learn from each other. For example, I haven't invented math nor programming; I just learned about them from others, liked that, and became good at it. Not sure what exactly that implies, but I definitely don't see it as an argument against math or programming.

If you are in the rationalist community, there is a chance your partner is too, so you both get introduced to the idea. That removes a potential obstacle of "how to explain polyamory to your current partner without ruining the relationship".

(Disclaimer: This is not an unmotivated reasoning. I was trying to generate answers to what you could possibly be missing.)