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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 7 years ago

Is love a chemical reaction...or a much deeper emotion?

is the brain activity the emotion itself.....or the physical reaction to a deeper emotion that jumps into the freezing river to save other people.?

Seriously......can you reduce such selfless acts.....to neurons and transmitters?

Are we just clockwork and gears....or is there something different....deeper than science cannot see?

Update:

if we are just clockwork and gears why can't aberrant behavior like alcoholism and pedophilia sociopathy simply be medicated away?

Update 2:

@ splash and if there were a drug for homosexuality?

Update 3:

@ are you stopping the desire, or just the brains ability to act on that desire?

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    The body really is made up of 'chemicals'... atoms and quarks and stuff.

    I'm not a scientist otherwise I'd have answered more scientifically...

    But you wouldn't have understood so what would have been the point... a?

    There is nothing ethereal in our make up... sad ;(

    No spirits - no soul - no 'god' bit... xin loi about that.

    "can you reduce such selfless acts.....to neurons and transmitters?"

    Yes... sad, innit?

    "if we are just clockwork and gears why can't aberrant behavior like alcoholism and pedophilia sociopathy simply be medicated away?"

    There was a time that many diseases-conditions were not able to be managed...

    You should keep up... we're past believing Leprosy can be cured with Birds' Blood.

    "and if there were a drug for homosexuality?"

    Aahhh... homosexuality...

    Yeah, I can see how much IT affects you so much... personally ;)

    "Homosexuality is a sin" was invented to give legality to people who FEAR-hate Gays.

    Homophobia is about FEAR and IGNORANCE dressed up biblically.

    People who are bothered by buttsecks should stop engaging in it.

    This solves many problems.

    Homosexuality makes bigots sad :(

    ~

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  • 7 years ago

    "if we are just clockwork and gears why can't aberrant behavior like alcoholism and pedophilia sociopathy simply be medicated away?

    They can. If I remove certain chunks of the brains of alcoholics or pedophiles, I can eliminate their penchant for alcohol or diddling children. If everyone has a soul that drives their desires outside of any physicality, this would be impossible, so why is that the case?

    "are you stopping the desire, or just the brains ability to act on that desire"

    You do realize those are one and the same, correct? It's like me pushing you down when you try to get up and you asking if I'm stopping you from getting up or if I'm only allowing you to sit down.

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  • 7 years ago

    Way to understand how the brain works, but claim that there is something different and which we have absolutely no evidence for, just ancient beliefs.

    The chemical reactions in your brain are our emotions "deep" or not. There is no reason to suspect that there is any duality (a split between mind and soul or soul and body), and every reason to think "we" are solely a product of our brains.

    You really need to catch up on the last 50 or so years of research, but you won't.

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  • 7 years ago

    You simplify what we are and look for something deeper without comprehending how incredibly intricate and amazing we are right now.

    No one reduces anything down to neurons and transmitters because, at the end of the day, what comprises a single thought? Do you know? Of course you don't!

    You are too quick to lessen the world to validate your beliefs, and that is where you lose your tether to reality.

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  • 7 years ago

    All human mental experiences, whether perceptual or conceptual are the result of natural processes, including neurotransmitters, operating within the unimaginable complexity of a living human brain.

    Your reference to "clockwork and gears" wouldn't even begin to explain how digital computers work. Similarly, computer analogies are far too primitive to explain how "mind" can be an emergent property of a living brain.

    Decades ago I worked for a pharmaceutical company which researched the nature of love and pair-bonding. Chimpanzees with remotely controlled infusion devices were shown a toy stuffed animal and were either given a dose of oxytocin or a placebo. After repeating several times a day for a few days, the toys were given to the chimps. Those who had received the placebo, simply ripped the toy to shreds, while those who had gotten the oxytocin treated their toy with tenderness and obvious affection. There have been several variations of the oxytocin experiments repeated by various researchers and all demonstrated that the hormone is associated with both affection and pair bonding. When intravenous injections were administered to paid human male volunteers, all reported sensations similar to the after-glow following orgasm. Oxytocin is released by the pituitary gland during orgasm. (Oxytocin has a profoundly different effect on females, causing the uterus to contract following childbirth and being associated with lactation and motherly love for her infant.)

    It has long been known that males frequently fall helplessly in love with a regular lover, which is why monks and priests traditionally abstain from sexual activities, so as not to distract from or diminish their love of God. Even football coaches appreciate that sexual activity reduces aggression and determination in their players.

    Neurophysiology is the scientific discipline which seeks to understand the means by which living brains create mental experiences. The first serious studies began only after the discovery of electrical activity within the brains of rabbits, about 1875, and with the invention of the triode amplifier tube, about 1906. Given that the human brain is the single most complex object known to exist, it is not surprising that its operation is still not adequately understood. It takes extremely intelligent and highly educated specialists decades of experience just to glimpse the beginnings of understanding how a brain can create a mind. There are even serious doubts as to whether a brain is capable of fully understanding its own complexity.

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  • 7 years ago

    "Are we just clockwork and gears....or is there something different....deeper than science cannot see?"

    We are just clockwork and gears, on a molecular scale. I am sorry if that is not magical enough for you, but this is reality and not a Disney movie.

    Oh, and if this were a Disney movie - you would not be the hero. You wouldn't even be the comic relief.

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  • 7 years ago

    The underlying reality is neither. The physical and the mental are manifestations of that underlying reality. This is really a philosophical question, isn't it? I think we all need to ask questions we usually ask here in other sections so we can receive fewer but more nuanced answers.

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  • 7 years ago

    If there *were* a drug that could stop pedophilia, I'd be in full support of it.

    You theists talk about morals all the time, and what is right, and wrong.. But pedophilia is simply abhorrent.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Probably just clockwork and gears, but I could be wrong. We still don't have a full understanding of consciousness and we may never will.

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  • 7 years ago

    No. Try as they might man will never understand all the components of consciousness and emotions. They'll never get it down to a science because whether they like to admit it or not, science is a far cry from explaining even a fraction of the universe we live in.

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