And you know that I will love you till I die
angry doc began the year by asking fellow-Clearthought blogger Leng Hiong a question whose answer had eluded scientists for centuries:
If you're not going to believe in true love that will last till you die, then what's the whole point?
angry doc's answer to his own question was this:
I think 'the whole point' is to attain a neuro-chemical state in our brains that tells us that we have achieved all that which our genes have 'determined' are 'good' for us.
What 'all that' is may be different for each individual, although we know that 'love' is (or rather a few different types of love are) encoded in our brains.
We might be able to objectively see true love on an fMRI or something, but like I said, what then is the point?
Now Blinkymummy tells us that 'a group of scientists from New York has found the meaning of 'true love'!'
Fascinating stuff. Sure it's all just chemicals in our brains, but it's as real as it gets.
So we now know that 'love that will last till you die' does exists - it is a thing we can't deny, like the fact that there are nine million bicycles in Beijing...
Whether or not it is 'the whole point' is still debatable, but it's nice just to know that it exists, isn't it?