Scipsy Valentine’s Edition /2

"We like to feel independent and free of the brain systems that regulate the mating habits and regimens of animals, but the fact is that we’re not"

Yep, falling in love is all in our brain.

Love is in the air? Well, scientists debate the role of pheromones in sexual attraction, so maybe it is really…

What is more clear is that at least a dozen brain regions work together to make you feel love.

But romance is not just for the young, a new research shows that people over the age of 60 represent the fastest-growing demographic of online daters, and that older women don’t want to waste time: 

"They want to make a decision quickly and cut their losses, because they have learned life is too short for dating games."

Tom Whyntie, a researcher at Imperial College London, took data from one of the earliest collisions at the LHC and added simulated data that followed the path of a heart-shaped equation, then used the result as a Valentine’s card for his girlfriend. It worked, now they are married.

But, according to some fMRI studies, love is like an addictive drug that stimulate the same as opioids and cocaine, so, take it with moderation.

I will argue that, despite the inherent risks in all forms of love of disappointment and rejection, rather than a second-class emotion as the song would have it, love has major existential significance.
Love is a word used to express complex human experiences. Grammatically love is a noun: affection, attraction based on sexual desire, admiration, benevolence, and/or common interests; a verb: to cherish, caress, fondle, copulate with, to desire actively, to seek and feel another’s passion, devotion, and/or tenderness; and an adverb: Narcissus looked at his image in the pool lovingly, Helen remembered the setting of their first kiss lovingly, Bob looked at his pipe, that old friend, lovingly. As a particular feeling, in its origin in infancy, love (noun) involves mainly the attachment system for which safety and affection are foundational, and the caregiving system that is a prerequisite for attachment love. Additionally, the development of love as an experience involves the sensual, physiological, and exploratory systems. Once established, a feeling of affection and attraction, and the activity of cherishing and desiring, can be experienced in any motivational system where the treating of another, oneself, a group, or any setting or object lovingly (adverb) has great regulatory and survival significance. Despite all the positive qualities of love for human vitality and survival, affection, attraction, and desire easily activate possessiveness, envy, insensitive domination and exploitation, and expose the lover to possible humiliation, shame, and embarrassment. […]

Love has a lot to do, by Joseph Lichtenberg. (Audio)

I’m reading ‘Psychoanalysis and Motivation’ by Lichtenberg, for me a very complex book, and searching on internet I found this transcript of a Lichtenberg’s presentation in which he talks about love.

Ok, I admit, I’m searching distraction from study, I return on the book, I’m only at page 80.