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Tuesday, February 14

Musings on Love

I watched a program about love on National Geographic channel last evening. It appears that people are attracted to each other based on intelligence and fear. That may account for why smart married women are so attractive. The lust factor happens first according to scientists, then the almost obsessive romance phase leads to long term love. People wouldn't be sane enough to actually raise children if they were perpetually stuck in the romance phase nor would they be able to keep their jobs and focus on much else. The romance and the excitement really isn't love but more of an obsession. It may lead to real love. Propagation of the species plays the biggest part in attraction. I was thinking that waiting until you are married to have sex is counter to the laws of nature.

The Science of Chocolate:
Chocolate is made from the seeds of the tropical cacao tree. Theobroma is Greek for 'food of the gods'.
Chocolate cravings may be a symptom of addiction but studies show that there is genetic reason that some people crave chocolate.
Chocolate stimulates the release of endorphins, natural body hormones that generate feelings of pleasure and well-being.
Chocolate contains a natural 'love drug'. Tryptophan is a chemical that the brain uses to make a neurotransmitter called serotonin.

Altruistic Love Related to Happier Marriages
Forty percent of the married people ranked near the top for altruistic responses, while only 20 percent of those who had never married did so. The divorced and separated came in at around 25 percent.

Love More Powerful than Sex
Studies of neural activities shows that love is the winner.

Science of Love: I get a kick out of you
Because they are independent, these three systems can work simultaneously—with dangerous results. As Dr Fisher explains, “you can feel deep attachment for a long-term spouse, while you feel romantic love for someone else, while you feel the sex drive in situations unrelated to either partner.” This independence means it is possible to love more than one person at a time, a situation that leads to jealousy, adultery and divorce—though also to the possibilities of promiscuity and polygamy, with the likelihood of extra children, and thus a bigger stake in the genetic future, that those behaviours bring. As Dr Fisher observes, “We were not built to be happy but to reproduce.”

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