Ilya Somin and Alison Schmauch are now married

I am honored to have been the speaker at their wedding this evening.  Part of my remarks discussed Charles Darwin's notes on marriage – arguments for and against – which are well worth reading (I thank A.C. for the pointer to those). He was afraid of no more balloon trips, not being able to visit America, having to visit relatives too often, and having less time and less money to spend on books.  But still he did it and here is the closing bit:

Never mind my boy– Cheer up– One cannot live this solitary life, with groggy old age, friendless & cold, & childless staring one in ones face, already beginning to wrinkle.– Never mind, trust to chance–keep a sharp look out– There is many a happy slave–


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