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If you want flashes and particular experiences of romantic love read novels If you want to understand this central uality of human nature to its roots read Why We Love Edward O WilsonIn Why We Love renowned anthropologist Helen Fisher offers a new map of the phenomenon of love from its origins in the brain to the thrill I love this book It provided me with all the hidden secretes there is to love Once finished with this book I no longer feel dumbfounded about mine or other people’s actions when it comes to romance lust commitment and passion I recommend that everyone reads this book because love is a complex system and Helen Fisher does an amazing job in making it clear that love is not something to fear even when everything doesn’t seem to be working out because love is about an individual’s personal growth in life and that is something that is always successful

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Why We Love The Nature And Chemistry Of Romantic LoveIng havoc it creates in our bodies and behavior Working with a team of scientists to scan the brains of people who had just fallen madly in love Fisher proved what psychologists had until recently only suspected when you fall in love specific areas of the brain light up with increased blood flow This sweeping new book us I was led to this book after watching Helen Fisher’s 2006 TED talk entitled “Why we love why we cheat” Both the talk and the book are largely based on Fisher’s study begun in 1996 of students at SUNY Stony Brook campus in which the brain activities of two groups of volunteers were scanned in an MRI One group reported to be deeply in love while the other had recently experienced painful breakups As one would expect the book contains details about the study not provided in the TED talk as well as additional facts and ideas Unfortunately little of the additional material ualifies as ground breaking or transformative Even the additional details about the central study do little to strengthen the author’s arguments There is plenty of information about the experiment’s setup but much of it assumes a rather banal character and while perhaps mildly entertaining is not revelatory More troubling the 144 brain scans mentioned by the author in her TED talk turn out to be derived from merely 14 individuals – 11 women and 3 men all college students Although I cannot authoritatively claim that this sample size is too small or too homogenous – much time has elapsed since my college statistics course – yet I cannot avoid a feeling of suspicion that too much is being made of too small a study What’s the numbers derived from the study are at times less convincing than the author would have us believe hinting at a confirmation bias For example only 56% of the surveyed women agreed with the statement “My emotional state depends on how feels about me” yet this is given as further evidence of the author’s hypothesis This is not a solitary example – on multiple occasions percentages in the low sixties fifties and even forties are unreservedly advanced to prove the author’s points which aim at a generalized understanding Overall the book seems to lack coherence and reads like a loose collection of research abstracts ideas factoids and uotes – lots of uotes which are largely lyrical musings about the nature of love Throughout the book the author also shows a strong proclivity for speculation seemingly mistaking it for theory A theory by definition must be falsifiable yet the author commonly uses the word to refer to what is plainly untestable conjecture which I think is impermissible in a scientist Unsurprisingly the chapter most heavenly laden with such “theorizing” is the one on the evolutionary origins of love Such speculation may be intelligent intriguing and entertaining but it is not strictly scientificPerhaps my biggest gripe with the book though is the conclusion the author draws from her research A good percentage of “Why We Love” is devoted to convincing us that romantic live is inherently a neurochemical addiction not at all dissimilar from alcohol tobacco or methamphetamine addictions either behaviorally or in its effect on the brain’s neurological pathways In fact this is the strongest part of the book and the reason for my three star rating The presented evidence is indeed strongly in favor of the hypothesis So after spending so much ink proving to us that romantic love displays all the classic characteristics of a chemical addiction what does the author propose that we do with this information? She proceeds to give us tips on how to manipulate individuals into developing romantic attachments and make romantic love last longer Pause to consider the incongruity This is a rational response only if one believes that the rewards of an addiction are worth the costs and maybe the author performed the mental comparison but if she did she never shares these deliberations with us As a result the last part of the book seems oddly disconnected from the first with the gap bridged by undisclosed value assumptions To recap the book contains enough interesting ideas and data to stimulate thinking but fails to weave them in

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Why We Love The Nature And Chemistry Of Romantic Love kindle ´ 320 pages Download ô hannahredhead É If you want flashes and particular experiences of romantic love read novels If you want to understand this central uality of human nature to its roots read Why We Love —EdEs this data to argue that romantic passion is hardwired into our brains by millions of years of evolution It is not an emotion; it is a drive as powerful as hungerProvocative enlightening engaging and persuasive Why We Love offers radical new answers to age old uestions what love is who we love and how to keep love aliv I recently read this book and I thought it was average This book was about the science of love and why we love It tells you about the different stages of love and how we deal with it on a mental emotional physical level within the body and mind It was somewhat interesting to read and learn about the author's scientific theory of love This book was based mainly on a couple of functional MRI studies of people in love I liked all the details of the chemical images of the brains; however I found the writing of this book kind of repetitive It was nice to learn that that the emotions that you believe are personal and uniue are in fact related to specific chemical processes eual to all human beings I think that this book is meant for a mature audience and reading it now in 10th grade made it less interesting Although I didn't really connect with the book it was thought provoking It was different to think of love in a scientific way that can all be explained I would recommend this book to others wanting to learn about the scientific reasoning behind love