For all those who weren’t there last Thursday for Luke De’s presentation on Love is like a Heroine High, I would recommend checking it out here Youtube (Is Love a Heroin High).. The video is a little crappy and it starts after the first minute, but De brought up some interesting albeit far fetched points in his last presentation. . . Upon further thought, were they that far fetched?
De based his presentation on biological research. It turns out that two hormones, and the cells that receive them are very important in monogamy. In fact, altering them can turn monogomous animals in to much less reputable and racy animals. The reverse is also true. The opposite alterations can turn the heathens of the animal worls into god-fearing, reputable, single, sexually faithful individuals.
The two main questions that I have received regarding the topic of the presentation are:
“Can love be quantified?” and
“if there were to be a a pill for cheating would it be ethical to use it?”
I came home Thursday ecstatic. What can I say? I love to argue and De’s presentation gave me a whole new playing field to work with. When discussing the article with my family, I came across a common argument. Can love be quantified simply by faithfulness? Personally yes, it can. But then again, I am the one writing the science blog, not the creative writing major. I may take a more quantitative rather than romantic opinion of love. But why shouldn’t love be able to be quantified, even in a romantic sense? Love is faithfulness: love is how far you will go to meet someone, what you will go through to see someone, who you won’t sleep with to be with someone-and all of this can (and was) quantified.
The second question is, “If there was a cure of cheating, an injection or a pill to make someone faithful, would it be ethical to use it?” Should we treat infidelity medically? First of all, my view is that people should not take it, and that it shouldn’t exist in the first place. If couples have to take a pill to be faithful, than what’s the difference between simply cheating and taking the pill? If you’re not going to be faithful by your own will to your partner, than you two should simply not be with each other. Biologically, would it be healthy to take this pill? If this pill were to give you a love high, and make you faithful, what’s the difference between this love drug and any other drug? My opinion; This drug is not a good idea. I do, however, believe that the paper opens up a whole new world of opportunities for researchers to discover.
CARE TO DISAGREE, OR EVEN WORSE PERHAPS. . . AGREE?