(Warning: No Science Content)
angry doc should be blogging about how paranoia is causing outbreaks of measles across Europe or the HPV vaccination programme in the Marshall Islands, but instead he and fellow-Clearthought blogger Leng Hiong have a more important question to focus their minds on, namely:
can you accept that statement "I will love you till I die" as "fact" when someone (especially someone as hot babe as Katie Melua) says it to you?
Fortunately, angry doc has never been faced with that situation in real life. But one could always speculate...
In the hypothetical situation where 'hot babe' does pledge to love angry doc till the day she dies, angry doc could of course consider employing the aid of an MRI machine or a lie-detector, but such equipment may not always be available during the moments when that statement is likely to be made.
Even if one could confirm the veracity of the statement with the use of sophisticated equipment, what is there to ensure that the statement will be true each time it is made? Plus, there is always the chance that she cheated the machine by actually thinking about her ex-girlfriend when she said it...
The only thing that angry doc can be reasonably sure of really is whether or not *he* will love 'hot babe' till the day he dies; but that statement - let's face it - may not always be true either.
It seems to angry doc that if he was going to be in a relationship where he was always doubting if 'hot babe' will always love him or if he will always love 'hot babe', knowing very well that one does not always ensure the other, he might not be a very happy man at all.
And to make things more complicated, 'hot babe' may also be harbouring the same doubts about angry doc and herself.
All this seems like a perverse version of the Prisoner's Dilemma: you know the outcome (true love or heart-break and disappointment) will depend on the choices made by each of the two parties, yet you cannot know for sure how the other party will choose - so how will you choose?
angry doc cannot know if 'hot babe' will love him till the day she dies; he can only know if he *wants* to *try* to love 'hot babe' till the day he dies.
So he can either not commit to love 'hot babe', or pretend to commit to love 'hot babe', or commit to *try* to love 'hot babe' till the day he dies.
And he can choose to either live with no commitment from 'hot babe', or to not believe 'hot babe' when she says she will love him till she dies, or he can believe her (or that she will at least *try*).
You can put that in a 3 x 3 matrix, and ask yourself which combination will make you the happiest.
angry doc knows which combination he will choose, because if you're not going to believe that you can give and receive true love that will last till you die, then what's the whole point?