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Love as an Evolutionary Adaptation

By its very nature, love is an irrational and capricious emotion. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines love twelve different ways (thirteen if you count the tennis term), and there have been countless attempts made by poets, musicians, philosophers, and literary figures to distill and define the essence of this powerful emotion. At first thought, love appears to be too complex and ambiguous to define in a scientific manner. As Professor Le mentioned, social scientists do not attempt to operationalize complex emotions like love in their entirety. For example, by demonstrating love-directed behavior in one instance is a study able to be generalized to other

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The Science of Love

“Why do we fall in love?” is a widespread question in society. From the popularity of this question, and the lack of sufficient research to answer it, our presentation topic was created. We felt that this topic involved all aspects of the NBS concentration (and what it stands for), and would lead to an interesting, informative, and thought-provoking discussion stemming from the many un-answered questions of love. The first half of our presentation offered current evidence for why, and how, people may fall in love. While there are numerous theories that attempt to answer the question of why we fall in love, evolutionary theory seems to point

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