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Does love last just 1 year?

  1. Nov 30, 2005 #1
    Is love so short?

    ROME (Reuters) - Your heartbeat accelerates, you have butterflies in the stomach, you feel euphoric and a bit silly. It's all part of falling passionately in love -- and scientists now tell us the feeling won't last more than a year.
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    The powerful emotions that bowl over new lovers are triggered by a molecule known as nerve growth factor (NGF), according to Pavia University researchers.
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  3. Nov 30, 2005 #2

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    Let me not to the marriage of true minds
    Admit impediments. Love is not love
    Which alters when it alteration finds,
    Or bends with the remover to remove.
    O no, it is an ever-fixèd mark
    That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
    It is the star to every wand’ring bark,
    Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
    Love’s not time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
    Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
    Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
    But bears it out even to the edge of doom.

    If this be error and upon me proved,
    I never writ, nor no man ever loved.


    --Sonnet 116
     
  4. Nov 30, 2005 #3
    What if Shakespeare had had all the advantages of knowing modern biochemistry?
     
  5. Nov 30, 2005 #4

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    That wouldn't make any difference. The point is that "love", like "truth", is what still remains when all is said and done.
     
  6. Nov 30, 2005 #5
    the sample size was only 58 people? they've got to do better than that i think.
     
  7. Nov 30, 2005 #6
    That article is throughly offbase and wrong. That is not what the researchers said, they are just trying to create news by twisting science. Move along, nothing to see. Its been known for years that feelings of romantic love are linked to various neurochemicals. After all, we are nothing but chemical machines.
     
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