The Science of Love, University of Philosophical Research, Tuesday, 23. April 2019

THE PRESIDENT'S CLASS - SPRING QUARTER 2019
Between Madness and Reason: Understanding Love

The Science of Love
Because we are seekers of the meanings of love, we must ask—and ask with good intention—the reductionist question: What if all this is about chemistry? And we must not mean the metaphor of chemistry that we often use to describe romantic attraction, but biochemistry, oxytocin washing around our brains that when given linguistic and poetic form comes out as the word love. There is a science to love, and understanding it can make love all the more interesting and inspiring. Join us as we learn that the heart isn’t heart-shaped, but love is still love.
About the Series:
What is left to say of love? Apparently, quite a bit because we continue to celebrate and complain, rhapsodize and rue, marvel and malign this most human of emotions. Or it is less of an emotion and more of a force in the world to which we willingly—or unwillingly—succumb? Why does it have the flavor of the sacred? One reason may be that it connects us to something larger than ourselves, as we see in a verse from a sonnet of the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda:
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,   
I love you directly without problems or pride:
I love you like this because I don’t know any other way to love,
except in this form in which I am not nor are you,   
so close that your hand upon my chest is mine,   
so close that your eyes close with my dreams.
Friedrich Nietzsche noted that “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” And already we can see the possibilities for a ten-week exploration of the meanings of love. We will take a unique thematic approach to our study and engage many disciplines and ways of knowing, from anthropology to philosophy to literature.
About the Speaker:
Greg Salyer, Ph.D. is the President of the University of Philosophical Research and the CEO of the Philosophical Research Society. For twenty-five years, he has been an administrator and scholar in higher education institutions, but his highest calling has always been that of teacher. Trained in interdisciplinary studies, Dr. Salyer moves through the disciplines of literature, philosophy, and religious studies looking for and helping his students find practical and profound wisdom in the stories, texts, and ideas created all over the world and throughout history. 

The Science of Love

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