Science of Love and Betrayal by R. I. M. Dunbar

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One thing is clear: love is never natural. Just as we learn language from those around us, so we learn love – if we are lucky, that is.
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Falling in love is one of the strangest things we can do - and one of the things that makes us uniquely human. But what happens to our brains when our eyes meet across a crowded room? Why do we kiss each other, forget our friends, seek a 'good sense of humour' in "Lonely Hearts" adverts and try (and fail) to be monogamous? How are our romantic relationships different from our relationships with friends, family or even God? Can science help us, or are we better off turning back to the poets? Basing his arguments on new and experimental scientific research, Robin Dunbar explores the psychology and ethology of romantic love and how our evolutionary programming still affects our behaviour. Fascinating and illuminating, witty and accessible, "The Science of Love and Betrayal" is essential reading for anyone who's ever wondered why we fall in love and what on earth is going on when we do.
 

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Robin Dunbar is currently Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Oxford University and a Fellow of Magdalen College. His principal research interest is the evolution of sociality. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1998. His books include The Trouble with Science, 'an eloquent riposte to the anti-science lobby' (Sunday Times), and Grooming, Gossip and the Evolution of Language. The Human Story was described as 'fizzing with recent research and new theories' in the Sunday Times and 'punchy and provocative' by the New Scientist. How Many Friends Does One Person Need?: Dunbar's Number and Other Evolutionary Quirks was published in 2010.
 
Published April 1, 2012 by Faber & Faber. 320 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by David Wootton on May 16 2012

One thing is clear: love is never natural. Just as we learn language from those around us, so we learn love – if we are lucky, that is.

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