What's the science behind love?Every year around Valentine's Day I am asked to write something about the nature of love. And as I grow older, wiser and more educated, every year I seem to have more to say on the subject. For starters, I've learned that looking at love through a single lens gives only a fuzzy picture of its true nature. Love is a biological reality, an evolutionary strategy, a psychological event, and one big, fat brain drug.
Love can make us do the craziest things. Its mystical power can fuel us to stay up all night participating in sexual Olympics that leave us fortified and energetic the next day. Under love's spell, we are motivated to make seemingly irrational decisions. Being in love can make us leave jobs, move to a city where we don't know anyone, or even - perhaps one of the most costly choices - raise someone else's children.
With a drug so powerful, it's no wonder that so many researchers continue to focus a scientific eye on it. From anthropologists to biologists, fromRead More »from What is Love? it Turns Out that Science Has Some Answers