Is Love Real?

Or is it simply a hormonal or chemical reaction desgined to perpetuate our genes from one generation to the next?

At risk of sounding scholastic, what sort of reality did you have in mind? Some sort of noumenal entity of which we partake when we feel all fluttery inside?

I don’t have a problem with the specific mechanisms of love being chemical and hormonal, since it doesn’t change the phenomenology of it one bit. Is sex less powerful because its driven by hormones?

Love is real. Give Peace a Chance. Imagine all the people…
Nah, it didn’t work, peace does not work.
But Love is Real.Even when exhumed from EMI files.

Actually, Love isn’t Real. Love is an Integer. Unless you declare it to be a Real, or you use an “Implicit Real L” statement, before the first time Love appears in your module.

Or weren’t you talking about FORTRAN?

I’m not flying fast, just orbiting low.

No, no, attraction is hormonal and chemical. Love is something else entirely.

No, no, NO, arousal is hormonal and chemical. Love and attraction are something else entirely.

No, no, no, NO. Copulation is hormonal and chemical. Arousal and love and attraction are something else entirely.

I’d like to see how far we can go with this.

Now, seriously…

I believe love to be real.


I don’t know. Some things just can’t be empirically proven.

And besides, if it isn’t, I don’t want to know about it.

What’s the matter with unreal love? Virtual love? Particularly if you don’t believe in reality.

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Ray (that includes your guns)

Perhaps I shoud have clarified a bit more.

Is love real, just for its own sake?

Or is it mearly a hormonal or chemical thing designed so that we pass our genes on to the next generation.

Love is what you make of it…

Yes, that’s a cop-out, but I don’t care.

All I know is that throughout history, many men far wiser than myself have pondered the meaning of love with little success.

Not as many doubted it was around to begin with.

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Love is not real. It is a chemical imbalance that comes and goes.
It is nothing more than cover for interest in copulation between male and the female of the spiecis


Love is a decision.

Love is a politics, an overwhelming allegiance to one or more other people, and real.

“Being in love” (aka romantic love) is something different, but also real.

Being in love is both real and also something that has a strong biochemical component, including truly nasty withdrawal symptoms. It cannot be reduced to simple sexual lust (occurs over a different time frame, different symptoms, etc) although overlap tends to occur. It cannot be explained simply in terms of profound emotional and intellectual appreciation of a wonderful person but tends to include a certain measure of that (plus some rose-colored glasses). When you are in the grips of the phenomenon, your sleeping, eating, and concentration patterns are often drastically modified. It’s a wonderful high, both more delicious and more dangerous than plain old “I want your cute bod” sexual lust. Withdrawal effects are best ameliorated by strong doses of chocolate.

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Dr. J says:

Love is a decision.[/quote}
I agree with the Good Doctor.

And can it be that in a world so full and busy, the loss
of one weak creature makes a void in any heart, so
wide and deep that nothing but the width and depth
of vast eternity can fill it up!
-Charles Dickens “Dombey and Son”

Love of country, love of freedom, love of self, love of family.
Of course, love is real, it is the single most common factor in most peoples actions - good or bad -, ‘I did it because I love my children’
Love does, after all, make the world go around.

elbows wrote:

I thought that was the conservation of angular momentum.

For the sake of argument, I’ll pretend that God doesn’t exist. I’ll assume that whatever attributes human beings have came into being solely through evolution, and that they stuck around because there were some advantages in terms of survival.

By this logic, a man’s “love” for a woman is just nature’s way of making him stay with her and provide for her, and a man’s “love” for his children is just nature’s way of making him stick around to care and provide for his children, rather than abandoning them to their mothers’ care (as the males of MOST animal species do).

But even if this WERE true, so what? Human beings are intelligent enough to recognize their own abilities and inclinations, and to

  1. Suppress them, or
  2. Take advantage of them, or
  3. Steer them in directions “Nature” could not have foreseen.

It’s possible that human intelligence was only SUPPOSED to help us elude bigger stronger predators, or to help us figure out which roots and berries were good to eat… but if Sir Isaac Newton decided to use HIS intellect for something a little more advanced than that, great! I say, employ and use that gift in every way imaginable, even if it’s not what nature intended.

And even if love is a trick nature played, to make you loyal to one mate… revel in THAT, too!

Is my computer real?

Call me old fashioned but I can’t believe it’s just a bunch of of semiconductors, conductors and insulation. I know in my heart it’s real.

Dr. Laura
er… Konrad

I believe that love is real. when you find someone that that you accept for all that they are and they do the same for you and love you unconditionally, you have found the one. I have found my love. and maybe I didnt believe so much in love before him and I met. But since I have met him he has blown me away with kindness and support and genuine love. He has taught me many things so far one of the kost important is how to love someone, and that love exists