What is love..scientifically?

Dear students and followers,
in our first unit we discuss about what each of us thinks about "true love".
Here you have a good conference on what is love from a scientific point of view. I invite you to watch it and leave your comments below!



  1. It is true that genetics impell us to look for many partners in order to ensure the survival of the human species. It is also true that the best moments in a relationship occur in its beginnings, very probably because of our nature. But love is not only reproduction; there is an emotional side, the need of companionship... and routine, boredom and disputes. Perhaps we are not designed for everlasting love, but I think there are times when you look at your partner (yes, the one you are tired of, the one that forgets to clean and is always attending the smartphone) and... it magically happens: you fall in love once again.
    Anyway, I agree with the expert that we need to create institutions and launch policies in accordance with the new family types that configure our modern society.
    Apart from all that, I enjoyed the conference; the biologist made it as pleasant as interesting. (And how I wished to be fluent in English as she is!).

    1. Dear Nieves,
      thanks for your comment. I agree with you in that love is something else than just biology. Love is not only bound to reproduction, and it is, in my opinion, culture-based. In the field of Anthropology we can investigate about all the family types and forms of love we humans have in the world, and it is amazing to see how culture can influence all we do and how we think and see love. Love, in a romantic way, as we see it today in the western world, comes only from the Middle Ages, when the tales of "Amour Courtois" were created in order to entertain the nobility. Romantic love started, thus, as a fictional invention. Until then marriage was just considered a business. And it is still so in many cultures all over the world. I would love to read about different types of families! Everyone welcome to share his/her knowledge on that with us :-)