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The Biology of Love

  1. Jul 29, 2004 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    Something came up on the TV that made me wonder about this.

    I understand that we can account for certain aspects of the feelings of love that humans experience. First, what is the limit of this understanding. Next, how do we account for the many [philosophically] different types of love that we also seem to distinguish with our feelings? For example, I feel a different kind of love for Tsu than I feel for my brother or mother. If we can to any extent, how do we make this distinction - chemically, or physiologically?
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  3. Jul 29, 2004 #2


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    IIRC, the feeling of lust is associated with oxytocin release, falling and being in love is associated with endorfin, and monogamous, long-term love is associated with vasopressin. I have no idea about non-romantic types of love, though.
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