[extropy-chat] LOVE: the science of it all

Robert J. Bradbury bradbury at aeiveos.com
Sun Feb 15 13:07:34 UTC 2004

Well "The Economist" has published an article on the science
(and biochemistry) of Love.

I get a kick out of you
Feb 12th 2004
(or http://www.economist.com/printedition/displayStory.cfm?Story_ID=2424049)

It is actually quite well written (though a bit long) and documents
how it appears love comes down to the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin.

It also speculates about the genotyping possibilities (to get the
different variations of the genes that produce the hormones or the
receptors for them).  So when that becomes cheap (probably within
the next decade), the life of single people gets really interesting.
Bars or restaurants will allow you to check the genotype of people
you are having a date with to determine whether they are naturally
biased for long term relationships or a one night stand.


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