Math Fetish: Neurologically Impossible? Implausible?

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Math Fetish: Neurologically Impossible? Implausible?

Postby Dustin » Mon Sep 06, 2010 3:33 am UTC

I had this idea for a short story of a person who is sexually stimulated by doing mathematics. I imagine it would have to be lower math, more like arithmetic or maybe low geometry because if it advanced at all it's not really so left brained, and I imagine a fetish like this would have to develop early in life when that was about all you would be capable of.
I have done a couple google searches and have not found anything about people who have a fetish for math in the sexual sense (certainly about on it in the sense of attributing religious qualities to an inanimate object)

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Re: Math Fetish: Neurologically Impossible? Implausible?

Postby lu6cifer » Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:27 am UTC

Well, rule 34...
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Re: Math Fetish: Neurologically Impossible? Implausible?

Postby AVIATOR » Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:17 am UTC

I've experienced rushes of pleasure while thinking about pure maths. I've never tried, but I'm pretty sure that I could jack off successfully while appreciating mathematical aesthetics, without resorting to the more usual thoughts of women. I'm going to try and report back.

There's no way I could get off while doing any sort of arithmetic, though.

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Re: Math Fetish: Neurologically Impossible? Implausible?

Postby Zamfir » Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:21 am UTC

I am sure it must have been posted onthis forum before, but oh so relevant

Love and Tensor Algebra

from "The Cyberiad" by Stanislaw Lem

Come, let us hasten to a higher plane
Where dyads tread the fairy fields of Venn,
Their indices bedecked from one to n
Commingled in an endless Markov chain!

Come, every frustrum longs to be a cone
And every vector dreams of matrices.
Hark to the gentle gradient of the breeze:
It whispers of a more ergodic zone.

In Riemann, Hilbert or in Banach space
Let superscripts and subscripts go their ways.
Our asymptotes no longer out of phase,
We shall encounter, counting, face to face.

I'll grant thee random access to my heart,
Thou'lt tell me all the constants of thy love;
And so we two shall all love's lemmas prove,
And in our bound partition never part.

For what did Cauchy know, or Christoffel,
Or Fourier, or any Bools or Euler,
Wielding their compasses, their pens and rulers,
Of thy supernal sinusoidal spell?

Cancel me not - for what then shall remain?
Abscissas some mantissas, modules, modes,
A root or two, a torus and a node:
The inverse of my verse, a null domain.

Ellipse of bliss, converge, O lips divine!
the product of our scalars is defined!
Cyberiad draws nigh, and the skew mind
Cuts capers like a happy haversine.

I see the eigenvalue in thine eye,
I hear the tender tensor in thy sigh.
Bernoulli would have been content to die,
Had he but known such a^2 cos 2 phi!

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Re: Math Fetish: Neurologically Impossible? Implausible?

Postby mercuryseven » Mon Sep 06, 2010 1:54 pm UTC

This thread reminded me of Comic #721 - it suddenly hit me, "Edwin Abbot was drawing stick figures, and then he was horny and thought about a 'lesbian orgy overseen by a priest', and the rest is history"

Wait...so this means Abbot was turned on by 2D geometry (which is math) or perhaps just stick figures...

This discussion actually reminds me of two comics, the second one being the origin of Venn diagrams.

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Re: Math Fetish: Neurologically Impossible? Implausible?

Postby Krikkit_Robot » Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:15 pm UTC

I don't know about a sexual fetish, but in my early graduate work I started to develop a maths phobia. I would have nightmares about unsolvable integrals and being impaled by tensor vectors. I would also become physically ill when working in depth in mathematics. And since I was concentrating on non-linear dynamics this was pretty much every day. It got so bad that after the semester I decided to take a semester off and give engineering school a try.

However, the other day when I helped a friend solve a unusually hard optics problem I got that old trill of conquest I used to get with maths.
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Re: Math Fetish: Neurologically Impossible? Implausible?

Postby Dustin » Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:25 am UTC

Well, with most of a day having passed and no one calling the idea retarded, I guess I can file this under "no one will object" so I'll go ahead with it.
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Re: Math Fetish: Neurologically Impossible? Implausible?

Postby Sir_Elderberry » Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:12 pm UTC

I don't see what left/right brain has to do with it, first of all. Second of all, people have all kinds of fetishes, and they don't necessarily pick them up in childhood, to my knowledge. So...go for it.
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Re: Math Fetish: Neurologically Impossible? Implausible?

Postby scarecrovv » Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:41 am UTC

I have become mildly horny while reading about an especially elegant solution to some technical problem or other. The field in question is almost invariably computer science, physics, or higher math, and I am invariably tired. However, whenever this occurs strongly enough to induce me to jack off, I have always switched my train of thought to a more overtly sexual one. I have never actually jacked off to math. Thank god.

So a math fetish seems plausible, but the person would have to be a math major, and the fetish would have to be something complex and elegant, something they "work with" on a daily basis, something they have an innate "feel" for. Not just simple arithmetic folks.

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Re: Math Fetish: Neurologically Impossible? Implausible?

Postby Dustin » Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:45 am UTC

scarecrovv wrote:I I have never actually jacked off to math. Thank god.

Why would you thank god for that? I mean, isn't it great to be able to basically jerk off whenever you want without having to get some porn or go to the trouble of finding a mate?

Sir_Elderberry wrote:I don't see what left/right brain has to do with it, first of all.


I got that all fucked up. I forgot that it's actually the right brain where the mathematical functions are preformed. I assumed like a simpleton that if a thought process takes place next to a portion of the brain, it's more likely that the synapses will lead to a mental association. Obviously that's retarded. Going by this site http://www.scienceagogo.com/news/199901 ... _sys.shtml I assumed the fact the right insula would be the portion of sex most related to a fetishistic sexual arousal.

Sir_Elderberry wrote: Second of all, people have all kinds of fetishes, and they don't necessarily pick them up in childhood, to my knowledge.


From what I understand, the majority of them do. Polls of people with body part specific fetishes, body transformation fetishes, and object fetishes that I've seen have usually indicated people who first experienced the equivalent of arousal when they were as young as five.

I dunno, I guess I'm just evidence a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing.
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Re: Math Fetish: Neurologically Impossible? Implausible?

Postby Ulc » Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:06 pm UTC

Dustin wrote:From what I understand, the majority of them do. Polls of people with body part specific fetishes, body transformation fetishes, and object fetishes that I've seen have usually indicated people who first experienced the equivalent of arousal when they were as young as five.

I dunno, I guess I'm just evidence a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing.


And then there's quite a few that have fetishes that they can't have picked up as children.

Secondly, keep in mind that there are several different definitions of fetish. The medical one is a bit different from the one used in common speech. In the medical one, the object must be involved for the fetishist to become aroused. In the common one it merely denotes that a object of situation turns the fetishist unusually much on.
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Re: Math Fetish: Neurologically Impossible? Implausible?

Postby Dustin » Thu Sep 16, 2010 6:23 am UTC

I'd been under the impression the distinction was usually made there by calling it a fetish if it's required for arousal and a kink if it supplements more conventional arousal.
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