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Love TOK Presentation

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Faissal Mardini

on 24 May 2013

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Is love an independent emotion or is it merely a chain of hormonal reactions? What is love? - a typical definition
Love is often used a verb to describe feeling a deep romantic or sexual attachment to (someone). Usually where love peaks, is during sexual intercourse. But at cases of sexual activity and intoxication, the individual has similar feeling of love. Real Life Situation:
The effect of Oxytocin on married men and men in relationships
57 men
1 attractive women
Men had to say what distance is ideal for the women to stand as she approaches them
Then the men walk towards the women, they have the freedom to choose the ideal distance.
Result: Men injected with Oxytocin surprisingly chose to remain at a greater distance then the men injected with a placebo Introduction
“Love is simultaneous mutual regulation, wherein each person meets the needs of the other, because neither can provide for his own. (208)” ― Thomas Lewis, A General Theory of Love What does the experiment show? What do hormones do ?
Hormones affect a person's sense perception
They control biological reactions

Which hormones concern us for this question?
Oxytocin
Testosterone
Dopamine
etc. 3 Brain systems:
LUST - sex drive, orgasm
ROMANTIC LOVE
ATTACHMENT How can love be independent?
Hormonal reaction might unvolentarly occur, yet the experience is never described as falling in love
Love is described as "that warm feeling inside"
Musicians and artists have sung and painted and danced about love
"Endless Love" Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
"I Will Always Love You" - Whitney Houston
"We Found Love" - Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris Kids start saying I love you and that idea matures to become part of a very deep complex emotion

Family Love, love for friends and the most commonly referred to relationship love Most often artists that explain love are usually on some sort of drug (ex. Marijuana). THC satisfies the Dopamine receptors in the brain and it activates the award center. Dopamine is also the hormone responsible for romantic love! As much as these hormones affect the human biological response, scientists have not been able to successfully create a long term love relationship between 2 using only hormones. Through my own personal perspective, I can say that almost everyone in this room has "fell in love". What if I told you that none of you have, including myself.

After 1 month of dating and active sexual activity, I traveled leaving the (at the time) "love of my life"

Funny enough, 1 month through the long distance, I no longer felt I loved her.. why?

LUST
ROMANTIC LOVE
ATTACHMENT Through personally interviewing individuals who have been through falling in love (and remain in love), a case of rape, and casual sexual activity. I could generally deduce from their interviews:

Sexual activity provokes emotions such as excitement, euphoria, happiness, comfort BUT lacks one component that none of the individuals where able to describe except for the general "it just feels right, you can see it in (her/his) eyes" But the question remains.. Does love truly exist or is it our bodies after years of evolution ? THAT is for YOU to decide Knowledge Issues:
Can reason through human sciences and be experiments be used to overcome powerful emotions?

Are recent developments in technology and research leading to disproving human perception? Ways of Knowing:
Sense perception
Emotion
Reason Areas of Knowledge:
Human Sciences
The Arts Through a scientific perspective Through the perspective of the arts
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