What is this thing called love? This simple question begs for an answer. The symptoms of love are familiar enough. A drifting mooniness in one’s behavior and thought, the fact that it seems as though the whole universe has rolled itself up into the person of the beloved, something so wonderful that no one on earth has ever felt about a fellow creature before. Love is ecstasy and torment, freedom and slavery. Love makes the world go round.
Until recently, scientists wanted nothing to do with it. The reason being that love is life’s most intense feeling and love is mushy. Science is hard. Anger and fear are emotions that have been researched in labs and can be quantified through measurements. Pulse and breathing rates, muscle contractions, etc. Love cannot be charted or measured. Anger and fear have a definite roll in human survival: fighting or running. Love does not. And since it is possible for humans to mate and reproduce without love, all the swooning and sighing is beside the point.
Up until the past decade, serious scientists assumed that love...
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