Falling in love is ‘more scientific than you think,’ according to a new study done at Syracuse University.
It’s a lot like taking drugs. And the breakup can be as harrowing as dealing with a cocaine addiction.
Thomas Wolfe once wrote, ” a neuroradiologist can read a list of topics out loud to a person being given a PET scan, topics pertaining to sports, music, business, history, whatever, and when he finally hits one the person is interested in, a particular area of the cerebral cortex actually lights up on the screen. Eventually, as brain imaging is refined, the picture may become as clear and complete as those see-through exhibitions, at auto shows, of the inner workings of the internal combustion engine. At that point it may become obvious to everyone that all we are looking at is a piece of machinery, an analog chemical computer, that processes information from the environment. “All”, since you can look and look and you will not find any ghostly self inside, or any mind, or any soul.
Perhaps someday there will be a day-after pill for someone who realizes they are falling in love with the wrong guy? Or girl. Or we might also have vaccinations designed to ensure we fall for the right person. Just dial your perfect mate into the computer much like you can already do at one of these dating services. Somewhere your opposite number will be doing the same thing. Let’s say you have dialed up a “AACF2” but you are willing to accept AACF1 through F7 in the next sixty days because you are in a hurry. Your biological clock is reverberating in your brain. An “AACF4” is available so you meet and fall in love (you knew you would) and everyone is happy! Except that the next day the love of your life takes a wrong turn and is run over by a bus.
So sad. Guess you will need a GOH (get over him) shot and a greater concern for peripheral vision next time you fill out the form.
Personally I live in a world that puts a lot more emphasis on the soul and its journey through time. One of my favorite movies is Somewhere In Time and its haunting reverberations in the lives of Chris Reeve and Dana Morosini.
But I’m also a big fan of Sudafed although you now need a driver’s license to purchase it here in Virginia and maybe everywhere because some folks like to melt down huge piles of it and create illegal drugs that blast you out of your gourd for awhile. This may be an example of a case where “less” is “better”.
It’s just that we have this tendency to take things to the end of the line all the time. Our imaginations drive us to places no man has gone. We have (dare I say) adventurous souls. And, sometimes, they lead us astray.
What happens when they come up with a pill that makes you fall in love with the next person you see? You are having lunch with a coworker you can barely tolerate and she slips something in your drink.
Because she can barely keep her hands off you and Daddy keeps threatening to shoot anyone who messes with her little girl. He’s got a bunch of guns too down there in Sleepy Hollow.
Science Daily says:
The researchers note that their findings supply evidence that “the passion of ‘romantic love’ is a goal-oriented motivation state rather than a specific emotion” and that their results are “consistent with the hypothesis that romantic rejection is a specific form of addiction.”
Robert Palmer had it right apparently. But there is love and then there is LOVE. We need to be clear about the terms of the debate.
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But all of this is leaves out so much and there is hardly time or space to get into it. It’s just someone trying to put up a fence around the Grand Canyon. Perhaps it will keep a few people from falling and killing themselves. But there’s not enough money in the world to make it really happen.
And even if there was the next day someone will figure out a way to jump over it and die. That’s just the way we are.
“In the spring of 1974, Reeve and other Juilliard students toured the New York City middle school system and performed The Love Cure. In one performance, Reeve, who played the hero, drew his sword out too high and accidentally destroyed a row of lights above him. The students applauded and cheered with approval. Reeve later said that this was the greatest ovation of his career.” Wiki Chris Reeve
—The infinite varieties of joy will leave science behind in the end.