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A romantic, atheist nerd’s wedding vows

Aug 31, 2011 By Abraham

Here’s the beginning of author Peter Watts’s promises to his new wife Caitlin Sweet…

We come here today in defiance of biological reality.

We know that mammals are not monogamous (except for a few species of meadow vole with abnormally high levels of endogenous oxytocin). We know that monogamy is not the normal human state…

And we know the odds when spoken vows go up against genetic imperatives with 200 million years of natural selection behind them. We are not idiots.


Read the whole thing (Slightly NSFW text)

Hey, if you’re going to write your own vows, you might as well actually make them your own, right?

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  1. Miranda says:

    When your guy’s self-made marriage vows are virtually interchangeable with the same speech he’d give you if you were breaking up–well, I give it two years, tops.

  2. Suzie says:

    I guess there was a time, perhaps in the middle of reading “Atlas Shrugged,” where that kind of pompous over-thinking would have been sexy. My atheist geek and I opted for Vegas shot-gun style, with Elvis officiating.

  3. Jasmine says:

    Maybe you should read the whole thing before commenting back… Just a suggestion. Oh well, what am I thinking non-atheists never read all the facts! Just kidding;)

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