Do poets or philosophers romance better?

Plato argued that there’s a perennial quarrel between poetry and philosophy.* Now science argues that the poets may have an edge in the dating market.

If I understand this phenomenon correctly:

* The poet says: Your beauty, so like a red, red rose, thrills my core with longing.

* The philosopher says: Your functional properties cause my agency attributes to change from potentiality to actuality.

Both sentences have thirteen words, but apparently women prefer the first.

So … the mystery continues.


* Republic, Book 10, 607b5–6.

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