September 25, 2015 Fringe, Neuroscience, Podcast 3 Comments

Episode 95

What is Love? A loaded question with the potential to lead us down multiple rabbit holes (and, if you grew up in the 90s, evoke memories of the Haddaway song). In episode #95, Jesse welcomes Brian Earp on board for a thought-provoking conversation about the possibilities and ethics of making biochemical tweaks to this most celebrated of human emotions. With a topic like “manipulating love,” the discussion moves between the realms of neuroscience, psychology and transhumanist philosophy.

Have you ever been fascinated by the techno-gadgetry behind night-vision equipment? If your answer is yes, you’ll want to stick around for the Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick. Fair warning – if you’re squeamish about eyeballs, this portion might get a little freaky.

Episode Highlights

0:32Love is all you need - or is it?
1:16This Week In Neuroscience: An update on sonogenetics.
2:58The audience interaction section with a special shout out to our Aussie listeners.
5:36Jesse introduces Brian Earp.
7:11A quick background on the neuro-enhancement of love.
8:22Psycho-biological effects of love.
9:08The role of oxytocin - animal experiments.
11:08Human studies.
12:54Interactions between lust, attraction and attachment.
15:28Arguments against medicalization of love.
16:33An insight into female Viagra.
19:08Social perceptions of romantic relationships.
22:29Arranged vs love marriage.
25:35Rekindling the romance - then and now.
30:51 Idiosyncrasies of human interactions.
32:58Looking ahead at the future.
37:53Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick: Implanting night-vision.
“Gabriel Licina, the human guinea-pig mentioned in the Ruthless Listener-Retention Gimmick”

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Written by Anushtup Chatterjee