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Not long ago we learned the “scientific” reasons we like music. Today, for Valentine’s Day, we discover why we love:

Men and women can now thank a dozen brain regions for their romantic fervor. Researchers have revealed the fonts of desire by comparing functional MRI studies of people who indicated they were experiencing passionate love, maternal love or unconditional love.

[From Your Brain in Love: Scientific American]

If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have not the “neurotransmitters and other chemicals in the brain and blood that prompt greater euphoric sensations,” I am nothing.

Or perhaps on this reductionist view I am nothing regardless. Scientism speaks. What remains?

Happy Valentine’s Day to all who know better than this, and even to those who do not.

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