• Question: What is love?

    Asked by killa to Colin, John, Kevin, Shikha, Triona on 7 Nov 2014.
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      Shikha Sharma answered on 7 Nov 2014:

      What is love, really difficult question ……Love may be a mystery. For me it is ‘unconditional selflessness’ when referring to interpersonal relationships and sense of enjoyment when you really like some object (I love to ride bikes…which I really like :). The biological aspect behind love is difficult to explain but many researchers have used different research areas of biological sciences to explain it. For example, hormone Oxytocin is released in human body during child birth which scientists have linked to mother-baby bonding and it is also released in our body when we are attracted towards someone. Another hormone called dopamine, known as brain’s pleasure chemical is linked to addictive part of love or to the sensation that you cannot live without any person.
      P.S. What are hormones?? Hormones are chemical substances produced in our body and act like messenger molecules. They are produced in one part of the body and then travel to various parts of the body to control how different cells and organs do their work.

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      John Wenger answered on 10 Nov 2014:

      Great answer Shikha!
      I was simply going to say….when there is chemistry between two people, there is love!
      To explain it scientifically, we need a much better understanding of the way our bodies work, especially the brain.