The Anti-Love Drug?

I’ve always said getting married because you’re in love is like buying a car because you’re drunk — making a major life decision when you’re in a state of severely compromised judgment.  The following New York Times article talks about that and brings up some other interesting facts.

In the new issue of Nature, the neuroscientist Larry Young offers a grand unified theory of love. After analyzing the brain chemistry of mammalian pair bonding — and, not incidentally, explaining humans’ peculiar erotic fascination with breasts — Dr. Young predicts that it won’t be long before an unscrupulous suitor could sneak a pharmaceutical love potion into your drink.

That’s the bad news. The not-so-bad news is that you may enjoy this potion if you took it knowingly with the right person. But the really good news, as I see it, is that we might reverse-engineer an anti-love potion, a vaccine preventing you from making an infatuated ass of yourself. Although this love vaccine isn’t mentioned in Dr. Young’s essay, when I raised the prospect he agreed it could also be in the offing.

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1 Comment on “The Anti-Love Drug?”

  1. amonly

    Remember Midsummer Night’s Dream? Puck and Oberon? It is great when the potion is applied to make right, and end up with the satisfaction of all, in the end! More often, under the influence, one falls in love with ‘asses’ like the fairy Queen Tatiana, or acts like one. I will read the article- sounds fascinating. Thanks

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