What causes physical attraction between human beings

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What causes physical attraction between human beings, as a general animals? Like why I'd consider someone attractive while my friend thinks her average... Is it to do with the DNA?

A penny for your thoughts people..
 
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Originally posted by devil5_advocate
Is it to do with the DNA?

Some would reply "isn't everything?" (nature)
Others would say it's our upbringing & experiences (nurture).
I suspect the tendencies in our lives are a combination of nature and nurture.

Whatever the chemistry is, I like it.
 
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Originally posted by devil5_advocate
What causes physical attraction between human beings, as a general animals? Like why I'd consider someone attractive while my friend thinks her average... Is it to do with the DNA?

A penny for your thoughts people..


In part, pheromones:
How we sniff out a mate

More...
 
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This is more of an "Other Science" topic so I'll be moving it over there. :smile:
 
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1.618

An appreciation of 1.618, the "Divine Ratio" or Golden Ratio" is apparently hard-wired into our genes. Do a little search and you'll likely find some interesting stuff as it relates to our perceptions of beauty. Happy reading.

Amos Behavin
 
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"The estrogen compound caused the men to experience increased blood flow to the hypothalamus, the region of the brain rodents use for pheromone detection, but had no effect on the women. The testosterone-related compound, meanwhile, caused heightened blood flow in the women, but not the men. "

I wonder how non-exclusive-heterosexuals would repond to phermones of the opposite sex (and same, for that matter).
 

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