At the outset, let me strongly object to people associating Adam with premature ejaculation!

There is simply no evidence that the greatest Scot (okay, okay, Mr Hume, ‘arguably the greatest Scot’) had any answers for the problem of premature ejaculation. I can categorically state that this Adam, or any other, will not be able to help you last longer in bed.

One could have anything going if we accept this random association.

In fact when Adam writes, “Till for ourselves and nothing for other people seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind”, we can accurately, if somewhat inappropriately, interpret it as a desire to seek help on how to be a better lover. Given that interpretation, it follows, flippantly, that in our times Adam would have himself clicked on and found an answer for ‘how to last longer in bed’ in just six minutes or less.

Here is Misters' solution.

In fact in this quote, and elsewhere in The Wealth Of Nations, Adam comes across as just the extremely smart, articulate, if a touch verbose, sort of chap who would himself turn to nowhere but to get sorted on the question of premature ejaculation and, indeed, for any other issue that would be bothering him around lovemaking.

I think it is time we stop turning to this Adam or any other for advice on our sex lives.

Men of the world, you must know, that this Adam or any other will not have the answer.

In fact, arguably the finest Adam who every lived, as we have seen, would have turned to for such advice.

So what if it’s a counter-factual.

Do the right thing.